Ericsson to upgrade Batelco’s fixed network

Ericsson has secured a deal to supply multi-service and Ethernet infrastructure to Bahrain’s monopoly operator Batelco.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  July 3, 2003

Ericsson has secured a deal to supply multi-service and Ethernet infrastructure to Bahrain’s monopoly operator Batelco.

The deal, concluded early last month, will see Ericsson supplying its softswitch solution, ENGINE, to allow the operator to integrate data and voice traffic on one network and offer new, IP-based services to its customers.

Batelco will also deploy Ericsson’s Ethernet DSL access solution to provide cost-effective, high-bandwidth links in its 'second mile' network.

Also included in the deal is the replacement of an international switch and an interconnect switch, as an access point for any potential second operator that enters the market, a spokesperson for Ericsson said.

She added that implementation would begin imminently, comprise three phases, and be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2004.

The project will form part of Batelco’s overall efforts to improve the efficiency of its network infrastructure and prepare for the introduction of competition into Bahrain's market. The value of the deal was undisclosed.

“Batelco is seeking cost efficiency and Ericsson's ENGINE network contributes to our achieving this goal by providing a cost-efficient solution connected to fixed network and broadband applications. In addition, the new platform will open new business opportunities within interconnect areas,” said Tony Hart, CEO Batelco.

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