Ericsson wins $200 million contract to expand Mexican digital network
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Ericsson, a leading supplier of wireless infrastructure, will provide CDMA services for Pegaso to expand Mexico’s nation-wide, all-digital PCS network. This will extend coverage outside Mexico City, Tijuana, Monterrey and Guadalajara, and will bring the voice and data service offerings of Pegaso to an increased portion of the Mexican market.

“Ericsson is committed to supporting Pegaso’s continued growth, in terms of network capacity, footprint and the introduction of wireless data services,” said Åke Persson, head of Ericsson’s CDMA Systems business unit. “The equipment we are supplying comes with a clear migration path to cdma2000, allowing Pegaso to take advantage of our premier 3G offering in the near future.”

“As we continue to expand our network and bring advanced services such as mobile internet to customers throughout Mexico, it is important for us to partner with leading vendors like Ericsson,” said Michael Robinson, chief operating officer of Pegaso. “We believe their CDMA solution will provide us with state-of-the-art technology that will allow us to upgrade quickly and cost-effectively to cdma2000.”

The contract includes Ericsson’s 1106 and 1107 Compact Radio Base Stations, CMS 11 AXE switches, Jambala based HLR, a billing mediation platform, network management products and a full portfolio of services. Deployment is set to begin immediately with plans for initial commercial operation by December of this year throughout the four regions.

Ericsson provides total solutions covering everything from systems and applications to mobile phones and other communications tools. With more than 100,000 employees in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for customers all over the world.

CdmaOne is one of the fastest growing wireless technologies in the world, currently serving close to 66 million subscribers.

Pegaso is a telecommunications company composed of Grupo Pegaso, Sprint PCS, Leap Wireless, Citicorp, LAIF and Nissho Iwai. With an initial investment of more than $1.3billion, Pegaso is deploying the first 100% digital network in Mexico. The company is currently offering service in Monterrey, Guadalajara, Tijuana and Mexico City, and over 250 cities in the US. Having acquired the licenses to offer mobile and wireless local loop services, Pegaso expects to offer service to a significant share of the Mexican market in the coming years.



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