STC selects Ericsson for EPC network expansion
Swedish vendor to be responsible for end-to-end systems integration
Telecoms vendor Ericsson today announced it has been selected by Saudi Telecom Company (STC) to expand its evolved packet core (EPC) network, an architecture that is key to providing LTE voice and data services.
The expansion will use Ericsson SSR 8020 as an evolved packet gateway (EPG) in combination with its SGSN-MME and the vendor will be responsible for the end-to-end systems integration of the expanded EPC.
Saudi Arabia now has 50m mobile subscriptions and a mobile penetration rate that is approaching 200%. Telecoms providers in the kingdom are now moving towards offering 3G and 4G LTE services.
"Ericsson has been one of our long-standing partners and their multi-access EPC solution will enable STC to continue delivering next-generation services to customers," said Dr Khaled Al Biyari, senior vice president, Technology and Operations, STC.
"STC, as one of the 4G worldwide technology leaders, is addressing the new demands placed upon operators to offer easy access and attractive user experiences," said Ali Eid, president, Ericsson, Saudi Arabia. "To do this they need solutions that can address today's requirements while providing service differentiation and preparing and positioning themselves for a world where virtually everything will be connected."