- New contract focuses on 4G expansion, including Massive MIMO
- Includes Ericsson Radio System and a virtualized IMS using NFVi
- Provide Entel subscribers with VoLTE and Gigabit LTE
- Ericsson says it paves the way for 5G
Ericsson has extended its existing strategic partnership with Chilean telco Entel, to prepare its network for the evolution towards 5G by deploying its latest LTE FDD network technologies and TDD Massive MIMO. Ericsson says this will allow Entel to increase its competitiveness and capture additional revenue streams, with Entel becoming the first operator in Latin America to deploy Massive MIMO nationwide.
Entel will also evolve the Radio Network Controllers and EVO controllers across the network, including remote locations such as Easter Island, and upgrade the transport network with the introduction of Ericsson’s microwave solutions, a section of which now tap into E-band spectrum to cater for capacity increases in backhaul and fronthaul.
“As we evolve our network to capture the new business opportunities of Gigabit LTE and the evolution towards 5G and IoT, we naturally extend this partnership with Ericsson in these areas,” said Alfredo Parot, VP of Technologies and Operations, Entel. “Our subscribers and enterprise customers will enjoy the benefits of a very high performance network in the region for years to come.”
“With mobile traffic volumes expected to increase exponentially through 2020 and beyond, operators around the world are bolstering their existing networks to deliver higher speeds and lower latency to their subscribers,” added Arun Bansal, SVP and Head of Market Area Europe and Latin America, Ericsson.