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Ericsson to cover Faroe Islands and its offshore with mobile broadband

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Ericsson has signed an eight year contract with Faroe Islands based operator, Faroese Telecom to build and deploy a WCDMA HSPA network for both the 2100MHz and 900MHz frequencies. This will enable Faroese Telecom to deliver high speed mobile broadband services to remote areas across the Faroe Islands and even offshore platforms in the North Atlantic.

The Faroe Islands are an island group situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately half way between Scotland and Iceland.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will be the sole supplier of a complete WCDMA/HSPA radio access network and a GSM/WCDMA common core network, which establishes a single platform for both technologies. Ericsson will also expand Faroese Telecom's GSM network, upgrade its software and deliver a range of professional services, including design, network deployment, core network systems integration and support services.

Commercial launch is scheduled for late summer 2009.

Lars Tofft, President of Ericsson Denmark, says: "This agreement further strengthens our over 100 year long partnership with Faroese Telecom. We are looking forward to helping them provide subscribers with anywhere, anytime mobile broadband access across the Faroe Islands."

According to figures from the Mobile World subscriber tracker, Faroese Telecom ended last year with an estimated 35,700 customers - representing a market share of 69%.

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