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January 11, 2011

Finland’s DNA signs three years 4G/LTE contract with Ericsson

GSM/HSPA/LTE radio access, Evolved Packet Core (EPC), all IP-based mobile backhaul offerings and network management offerings

By CBR Staff Writer

Finland’s DNA has extended its strategic partnership with Ericsson for three years to include technology needed to build and launch a competitive 3G/HSPA Evolution and high-end 4G LTE network, and enhance its user experience by improving network latency and bandwidth.

Under the partnership, Ericsson will provide GSM/HSPA/LTE radio access, Evolved Packet Core (EPC), all IP-based mobile backhaul offerings and network management offerings.

Ericsson will also provide services including support, network rollout, systems integration, and consultancy and educational services.

During the agreement period, DNA’s 3G/HSPA Evolution (21/42Mbps) services will expand to nationwide coverage, and 4G services will be offered in the major cities to accelerate the data traffic in the busiest areas.

Ericsson Northern Europe Central Asia region head Robert Puskaric said they will continue to support DNA in developing their network in line with their mobile broadband strategies and ensure a seamless transfer to 4G.

"This includes effective handling of data traffic to avoid capacity bottlenecks in the mobile backhaul, providing the tools needed for a differentiated service offering and a smooth network rollout," Puskaric said.

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DNA said that it aims to launch 4G commercially during 2011.

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