Japanese operator KDDI has selected Ericsson as one of the prime vendors to deploy its LTE system and evolved packet core network. Ericsson said its selection marks a milestone as it is the first time it has collaborated with KDDI to implement a radio access network.
Under the contract, Ericsson will provide a LTE radio access network based on RBS6000 as well as the evolved packet core. The radio access network is based on LTE FDD (frequency division duplex. In addition to network solutions, Ericsson will provide related services such as network rollout and systems integration.
Jan Signell, Head of Region North East Asia at Ericsson, said: "Ericsson has been collaborating closely with KDDI to demonstrate the value of our globally recognized LTE solution. We firmly believe that KDDI's subscribers will benefit from the superior user experience and time to market of new technology that our global LTE solution provides. We are proud that KDDI is entrusting us to deliver these values."
Ericsson said it is the market leader in LTE with approximately 50% of the world's LTE smartphone traffic served by its networks, which is more than double the traffic of its closest competitor. More than 180 LTE RAN and evolved packet core networks have been delivered worldwide, of which more than 110 have gone live commercially.