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Softbank Mobile Awards Second LTE Deployment Contract

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Ericsson says that it has won its largest LTE contract in Japan, and will build a network covering more than half the country's population on behalf of Softbank Mobile.

The Ericsson network will cover Japan's major cities - Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya - which together account for 70 percent of the country's total data and voice traffic.

Ericsson will upgrade Softbank Mobile's packet core network, including systems integration and deployment of an Evolved Packet Core (EPC) solution, and build a new LTE radio access network using RBS 6000 multi-standard base stations.

Just yesterday, Nokia Siemens Networks also announced an LTE contract with Softbank Mobile, and will also upgrade the network operator's existing HSPA+ network.

Softbank Mobile expects to launch its LTE services in the Autumn.

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