Ericsson to upgrade Batelco’s fixed and broadband networks
Sweden’s Ericsson has signed an agreement with Batelco for the migration of the Bahraini operator's fixed network. The contract includes both Ericsson's ENGINE Multi-Service Network and Ethernet DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) Access solutions.
ENGINE, Ericsson's softswitch solution, will enable Batelco to integrate different types of data and voice traffic on the same network and to offer new services to its customers. Batelco will also deploy Ericsson DSL Access Solution to offer third generation Asymmetric DSL (ADSL) technology to its customers. Implementation is to start immediately.
ENGINE is capable of carrying large and growing volumes of voice and data traffic and enables integrated traditional fixed telephony with IP-based broadband traffic on a single network. Batelco will initially use the solution to start modernizing their existing local network. Included in the contract is also the replacement of an international switch and an interconnect switch to second operator.
Ericsson will also provide ADSL lines using its Ethernet DSL Access solution. The solution enables standard ADSL lines to be offered economically at smaller sites (starting from ten subscribers) and uses Ethernet technology to provide high-bandwidth links in the 'second mile' network.
Bahrain's telecommunications company Batelco was established in 1981 as a Bahraini shareholding company. — (menareport.com)
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