Ericsson Wins Euro LTE Deal

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has landed a three-year contract from Finnish operator DNA Oy to expand its 3G network and roll out an Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the country. (See Ericsson Wins Finnish LTE Deal.)

DNA, which has more than 2 million mobile customers, plans to launch commercial LTE services this year in major Finnish cities. In addition, Ericsson will extend DNA's high-speed packet access evolution (HSPA+) network -- which has download speeds up to 21 Mbit/s or 42 Mbit/s -- to cover the entire country.

The contract, for which financial terms were not disclosed, includes GSM, HSPA, and LTE radio access, Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and IP-based backhaul equipment, as well as network management products and network rollout services.

Why this matters
In the fierce competition for LTE equipment supply deals, this contract marks another customer win for Ericsson and brings the Swedish vendor's total of publicly announced LTE customers to nine. Perhaps more importantly, the deal shows that Ericsson has retained an existing customer, as DNA moves to upgrade its network to the next generation of mobile broadband. (See Who's Bagged the Biggest LTE Deals?)

Also, Finland looks set to be the next advanced mobile broadband battleground in Europe, along with Sweden and Germany. Telia Company has already launched services there, while rival Elisa Corp. is gearing up for an LTE launch this year. Now, DNA plans to join the Finnish LTE fray. (See Where in the World Is LTE?)

For more
As LTE services get off the ground, here's a snapshot of the latest next-generation mobile broadband activities in Finland and elsewhere in Europe:

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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