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Etisalat and Ericsson Partner to Provide Quality Network and Services to Subscribers in Egypt


-Ericsson upgrades Etisalat's radio network
-Egyptian users to enjoy enhanced voice, quality of data services and speed
-Ericsson RBS 6000 will provide Etisalat's network with better and faster mobile internet connectivity and make it ready for future technology

Ericsson has announced a new agreement with Etisalat Egypt to transform the telecom operator's radio network to enable a full range of converged information and telecom services that will bring improved quality and speed of services to its subscribers.

As part of the deployment, Ericsson will provide Etisalat Egypt with its latest RBS 6000 radio base station technology. This will enable energy-efficient and cost-effective operations while allowing the operator to meet the demands of its growing subscriber base with better and faster mobile internet connectivity and quality mobile coverage throughout the country. What's more, it will enable Etisalat Egypt to prepare the network for LTE (4G).

Saeed ElHamly, CEO, Etisalat Egypt, says: 'Demand for voice and data services is constantly increasing. This is why we are always striving to cater to our subscribers' needs by continuously upgrading our network and adopting the latest technology.'

Haitham AbdulRazzak, CTO, Etisalat Egypt, says: 'Etisalat Misr keep its commitment in maintaining technology and broadband leadership and will continue investing in solutions and products that will enhance service experience for consumers and enterprises."

As a multi-standard base station, the RBS 6000 will not only minimize Etisalat Egypt's operational expenses and reduce environmental impact but will also ensure smooth transitions and upgrades to new technologies in the future. Deployment of the latest Ericsson technology will also allow for the development of new, high-speed mobile broadband services and web applications.

Işıl Yalcin, President of Ericsson, North East Africa Unit, Ericsson Region Middle East, says: 'We are proud to build on our longstanding relationship with Etisalat Egypt by taking on this project. We understand that Etisalat Egypt is always looking to provide its subscribers with the latest services and highest levels of quality networks – and we are committed to supporting them with our solutions, technologies and expertise to achieve this. It will also allow us, at Ericsson, to continue to progress in our quest to enable a truly networked society in Egypt and the region where everything that can benefit from connectivity will be connected.'

Etisalat Egypt and Ericsson have a long-term relationship, which is based on a common commitment to enhancing the telecommunication experience for customers in Egypt. Ericsson's versatile portfolio of radio base stations gives an unrivalled flexibility, allowing coverage and capacity for all applications, ranging from rural to dense urban deployment scenarios.

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