Ericsson Lebanon\'s sole GPRS supplier

Published January 2nd, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Ericsson has been chosen by France Telecom Mobile Lebanon (FTML) as sole supplier of their packet-based GPRS solution. The introduction of GPRS will bring advanced mobile Internet applications over the GSM network to FTML's customers. "We consider this decision as a basis for continued long-term cooperation, including wireless data and value added services," said Jan Embro, president of Ericsson Lebanon. 


The agreement is part of an infrastructure expansion of FTML's existing GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) network, solely supplied by Ericsson. The total agreement includes a complete GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) system, packet switching products and upgrading of existing radio products. 


Ericsson's GPRS solution will integrate FTML's GSM mobile network with the Internet world, making it possible for the operator to offer packet-switched IP services with wireless access to Internet and intranet and other multimedia services. GPRS is an important step in the evolution to 3G networks. 


GSM is the world's most widely deployed wireless communications standard. Ericsson is the global market leader in GSM, with 40 percent of the world's more than 400 million GSM subscribers connected by Ericsson systems, through 146 operators in some 80 countries around the world. 


Ericsson is the world leader in GPRS, with more commercial agreements than any other supplier. It supports operators around the world with infrastructure, GPRS phones with Bluetooth, and ready-to-go Mobile Internet applications, enabling early commercial launch of GPRS systems. Customers that have launched live GPRS systems so far include Vodafone in the UK, Telstra in Australia, SmarTone in Hong Kong and GMCC in China.  


FTML, a branch of FTMI (France Telecom Mobiles International), was founded in August 1994 with a capital of $30 millions, held to 67 percent by FTMI and to 33 percent by the Lebanese group MIKATI. Marketed under the name of Cellis in May 1995, services pertaining to the cellular phone have known a rapid growth, thus placing FTML in the midst of the Lebanese economic activity. 


Cellis provides widespread network over the national territory with an outdoor coverage of over 95 percent and an indoor coverage of over 80 percent in Greater Beirut and in the main cities of the country. The consumption of the Lebanese users has reached the world record of 750 minutes per user per month, compared to a world average of 130 minutes per user per month. ¯ (Albawaba-MEBG)

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