Ericsson signs on the dotted line with Turkcell

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Ericsson has signed an agreement with Turkish operator Turkcell for Ericsson’s GPRS solution after successful field trials.

Ericsson has over 50 per cent market shares of the GPRS market, with 47 commercial agreements and 44 test systems. The Ericsson GPRS solution is future proofed for third generation systems and is compatible with the latest GPRS specifications.

The contract covers an end-to-end GPRS solution by Ericsson including core network elements, transmission backbone, interfaces, implementation and support with relevant end-user terminals and applications. Implementation will be complete by the end of this year.

“Our objective is to provide end-to-end mobile internet solutions which are customized to the local market requirements and compliant to global standards”, says Soren Ahlstedt, vice president, Ericsson Turkey.

In June Ericsson presented the world’s first live demonstration of interactive, multimedia communications involving three of the new wireless technologies that will carry Mobile Internet services – GPRS, EDGE and WCDMA – working together.

Ericsson also recently unveiled the first GPRS phone with Bluetooth, the triple band R520. The R520 supports GSM 900/1800/1900 frequencies, allowing communication with one phone throughout 120 countries in five continents.

Ericsson provides total solutions covering everything from systems and applications to mobile phones and other communications tools.

Turkcell is the leading GSM operator in Turkey and one of the largest and fastest growing operators in Europe with over 6,2 million subscribers as of end of March.

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