Ericsson has been selected by Telefónica Móviles Spain as key supplier of their UMTS initial phase network, in a deal worth $34.7 million. Telefónica Móviles is one of four Spanish operators awarded a UMTS license.
For the initial phase of the contract, Ericsson will deliver core network and radio access network equipment, as well as third generation terminals and a testing system to allow the operator to run interoperability tests.
“This agreement is of great strategic importance for Ericsson, taking into account both Telefónica’s Spanish operations as well as their ambitious investments in 3G in Europe,” stated Ingemar Naeve, president of Ericsson in Spain. “It supports our aim to develop the information society through the mobile Internet.”
Ericsson has to date been named as a supplier in 19 commercial agreements for third generation network equipment. The company, which has 100,000 employees in 140 countries, provides total solutions covering everything from systems and applications to mobile phones and other communications tools.