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UK's O2 Awards LTE Contract to Ericsson

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UK based Telefonica O2 has selected Ericsson to provide an Evolved Packet Core (EPC) the core network of the LTE system for 100 percent of O2's network. In addition, Ericsson will upgrade 50 percent of its nationwide network by supplying and deploying its RBS 6000 multi standard radio base stations.

Ericsson will become O2's sole supplier of EPC in the UK and deployment has commenced. This includes Evolved Packet Gateway on the SSR 8000 Smart Services Router family and SGSN-MME on the Ericsson Blade System.

Andrew Conway, Head of Mobile Access at O2, says: "This network transformation will put us in a great position for a seamless launch of 4G services this year. The outcome of the recent spectrum auction allows us to ensure the widest and deepest possible reach for new services and will see O2's 4G network provide indoor coverage to 98% of the UK population."

Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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