Ericsson helps Etisalat to deliver IP telephony

Etisalat has announced two deals with Ericsson in as many weeks to modernise its networks, and help pave the way to the introduction of carrier-class internet protocol (IP) -based telephony.

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By  Dylan Bowman Published  March 19, 2006

Etisalat has announced two deals with Ericsson in as many weeks to modernise its networks, and help pave the way to the introduction of carrier-class internet protocol (IP) -based telephony. Last week the companies announced an agreement worth US$54.5 million for the mobile communications giant to undertake major network expansion and professional services to enable Etisalat to handle its predicted rise in subscriber growth. Also covered by the arrangement is an array of value-added services to help address specific end-user needs. The deal followed another agreement between the pair for Ericsson to migrate its international switching layer to an IP-based solution. The move will eventually allow the operator to offer carrier-class IP telephony based on Ericsson’s telephony softswitch solution, the first step in Etisalat’s plan to evolve its international switching layer from circuit switching to packet switching using IP telephony. “The recent agreements signed are part of our ongoing strategic relationship with Ericsson to support the growth and will allow us to further enhance our networks while introducing state-of-the-art services and tec-hnology,” said Etisalat chairman and CEO Mohammad Hassan Omran. “We want to ensure the best quality for our subscribers and focus on maintaining an innovative portfolio of services,” he added.

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