Under the terms of the agreement Ericsson, the leading mobile
telecommunications supplier in the world, will replace GSM radio
access network equipment by installing and integrating the latest
future proof GSM/GPRS technology into T-Mobile's network.
By using Ericsson's latest 2G technologies, T-Mobile is well prepared
for future upgrades, thus ensuring solid protection of today's
investment for tomorrow's technology needs.
"Ericsson is proud of being selected for this very important renewal
of the GSM network of T-Mobile Germany," said Bert Nordberg,
Executive Vice President, Group Function Sales and Marketing of
Ericsson. "Ericsson will modernize and increase efficiency in
T-mobile's GSM network to pave the way for future business growth."
"T-Mobile is at the forefront when it comes to network quality - this
has been shown by the evaluations of independent bodies and numerous
awards," explained Joachim Horn, Director of Technology and member of
board of directors at T-Mobile Deutschland. "To hold this path in the
future, we are not only relying on innovative broadband technologies
such as UMTS and W-LAN, but we are also modernizing the GSM network,
which continues to be an important element of our mobile multimedia
strategy. By selecting Ericsson, we have gained a competent partner
for this important project."
The requirements for the replacement of large part of a mobile
network are demanding. The challenge is not only the systems
integration and related services, but also to undertake the operation
without causing disturbance in the service quality for the customers
of T-Mobile. Approximately 10,000 of T-Mobile's current GSM radio
base stations will be replaced to step-by-step modernize the mobile
network while it remains in operation.
The replacement operation begins in January 2005 and is to be
completed in 3 years time.