Nawras, Oman’s leading communications provider has chosen Ericsson’s pioneer solutions to provide the capacities and infrastructure required for its newly applied WiMAX Backhaul and 3G IP-RAN. Being awarded the Wireline license in mid 2009, Nawras decided to start using WiMAX technology which performs all functions required by the new Fixed line operations. The deal comes as a preliminary step to prepare for the future where the 3G IuB over IP Traffic, 2G Traffic and the WiMAX IP Traffic are all run over the same existing Ericsson access transmission network. Ericsson’s proposed solution is based on executing necessary expansions and upgrades on its MINILINK network nodes in order to provide Nawras with the needed capacities and accessibility to meet the 2G/3G and WiMAX traffic requirements. Ericsson’s solution will help Nawras in maximizing reuse of existing infrastructure and hence reducing costs through granting the ability to run the WiMAX IP-Based traffic over the existing access transmission network. Peter Rubeck, CTO of Nawras commented on this contract: This deal extends our successful partnership with Ericsson which has extended over a number of years in the mobile market. We will be able to achieve maximum reuse of existing access transmission infrastructure, improve projects' efficiency, and move to an all-IP scenario in the Access network to better serve our customers.”On his part Robert Clark, KAM of Ericsson said: “Ericsson is proud to be awarded this contract by Nawras and surpass other competitors who were competing to win this deal. Our long-standing relationship with Nawras together with our technical advantage and cost effective services and solutions helped in achieving this. The contract will open new channels of cooperation between the two companies in the field of IP-Based networks.”Nawras accepted Phase 0 and Phase 1 of the project involving a number of sites to carry TDM Based 2G and 3G Traffic along with IP Based WiMAX traffic. Phase 2 of the project will be implemented in the second half of 2010 where some of the 3G Sites will be migrated to IP as well.
Notes to editors:Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 1 billion subscribers and has a leading position in managed services. The company’s portfolio comprises of mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices. Ericsson is advancing its vision of “to be the prime driver in an all-communicating world” through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 75,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 209 billion (USD 32.2 billion) in 2008. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX NASDAQ, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.