Síminn and Ericsson enhancing LTE services in Iceland
Published on: 26th Aug 2015
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S minn (Iceland Telecom) has entered into a new five year partnership with Ericsson to enhance further rollout of LTE across Iceland. As a result, S minn's core network and 3G network will be upgraded in parallel with the LTE deployments.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will install its multi-standard radio base station, the RBS 6000, which supports GSM/ EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA, and LTE in a single cabinet. Indoor and outdoor small cell solutions will also add capacity in selected areas. Ericsson will be the prime supplier of all radio access equipment and the common core network, including Ericsson IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and Evolved Packet Core.
Orri Hauksson, President and CEO, Síminn, says: "We want to improve services to our customers and enable them to benefit fully from Síminn's high mobile internet speed. We are focusing on expanding and enhancing the LTE network for people on the move and they will be assured a good connection for their phones, tablets and laptops throughout Iceland."
According to Statistics Iceland, more than half of Icelandic users make Internet calls. Internet calling is particularly popular among people aged 25 to 34, with around 62 percent of this age group using the service. Notably, over the last 2 years the number of people accessing movies and music online has increased by 50%. When it comes to young people (aged 16-24), online purchases of media content has doubled. As a result, more than half of young people in Iceland now access movies and music online.