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Avea lays 3G foundations

Turkish operator selects vendors to deploy its 3G network

Avea, the mobile arm of Turk Telecom, has hired Ericsson, Huawei and ZTE to provide the infrastructure for its 3G mobile service, which is due to start operations later in the year.

Avea said it will use Ericsson’s WCDMA/HSPA access and packet core networks, as well as a complete mobile-backhaul solution based on microwave transmission and optical transport to introduce its high-speed mobile broadband service.

The technologies will eliminate bottlenecks in the network and allow Avea, which is Turkey’s third biggest mobile operator, to offer multimedia services and high-speed mobile internet access.

Ericsson will also expand and upgrade the speed and capacity of Avea's existing GSM network.

Cüneyt Türktan, general manager, Avea, said: “With Ericsson's leading HSPA technology, we can position ourselves in the competitive Turkish market, and ensure our subscribers enjoy a richer communications experience, including high-speed mobile broadband that enables anytime-anywhere access.”