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Algerie Telecom, Ericsson Enter into Contract

  By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Ericsson is all set to launch North Africa's first LTE (News - Alert) and VoLTE network for Algérie Telecom.

Ericsson says that, as of today, its networks handle 50 percent of the world’s LTE smartphone traffic, more than double the traffic of its closest competitor.

Algérie Telecom has already signed an agreement with Ericsson (News - Alert) for the supply and deployment of an end-to-end LTE network in Algeria, the first LTE and VoLTE enabled network.

Thanks to Ericsson’s LTE solutions, Algérie Telecom will now be able to provide greater coverage and better services to growing number of fixed-broadband subscribers across the country.

Officials with Algérie Telecom said that by deploying LTE, the company is preparing for the next generation of broadband access and paving the way for the introduction of advanced offerings such as triple play.

According to company officials, the deployment will cover “white spots” that do not currently have broadband access, before extending to high-density locations such as universities, airports and commercial districts.

“Our close relationship with Ericsson made it possible to roll out the LTE network in a record time, so our customers could start enjoying LTE reliable high speed broadband services,” said Azouaou Mehmel, president and CEO of Algérie Télécom Group, in a statement.

Mehmel added that the launch of LTE is a key milestone in Algerie Telecom’s strategic plan of broadband development in Algeria.

Algérie Telecom is bringing the world’s latest technology to its customers, providing faster, more reliable broadband and high-quality communication services to an increasingly demanding subscriber base, according to Nunzio Mirtillo, head of Ericsson’s Mediterranean region.

“We are proud to expand on our solid partnership with such an important operator in this region,” Mirtillo said.

Officials with Ericsson said that the end-to-end LTE network includes evolved packet core with evolved package gateway based on SSR 8000 family and mobility management entity, IP multimedia subsystem, charging, billing, IP network and radio access network capabilities.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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