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Ericsson expands Síminn's WCDMA network into 900MHz band

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Ericsson has formed a partnership with Icelandic operator S minn through a contract to expand its WCDMA HSPA network into the 900MHz band for the rural and remote parts of the country. Under the two year agreement, Ericsson will be the sole supplier of WCDMA HSPA radio access equipment and the GSM WCDMA common core network.

Ericsson will also expand Sminn's GSM network, upgrade its software and deliver a range of professional services, including deployment and systems integration.

Ericsson's WCDMA/HSPA solution for the 900MHz band provides extended coverage because of improved radio-wave signal strength at lower frequencies, making it easier to provide mobile broadband services in rural areas as well as improved indoor coverage in urban areas.

Svar Freyr žrinsson, President of Sminn, says: "Iceland is a very competitive market and we need a strong and reliable partner to ensure our success. The agreement with Ericsson gives Sminn the opportunity to meet increasing subscriber demands for exciting new mobile services."

Lars Tofft, President of Ericsson Denmark, says: "This agreement further strengthens our relationship with Sminn, and we are looking forward to help them provide cutting-edge mobile services across Iceland. Access to innovative mobile broadband services, anywhere and any time, opens new and exciting opportunities for the Icelandic consumers."

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