Greek mobile operator WIND Hellas has announced the completion of a one-year transformation and network evolution project aimed at reorganising and modernising its mobile packet core.
The installation of a modern multi-access evolved packet core network - including Ericsson's evolved packet gateway based on the latest SSR 8000 family together with the SGSN-MME (serving GPRS support node-mobility management entity) and service-aware policy controller - has been a major factor in this process.
With its consulting and systems integration capabilities, Ericsson has had the responsibility of being prime integrator, allowing WIND Hellas' subscribers to benefit from advanced mobile broadband offerings.
As part of the transformation, legacy packet network systems have been successfully replaced and all subscribers migrated to a single multifunctional platform suite. The multifunctional platform suite can stream all related business operations and processes.
This brings significant advantages to WIND Hellas in terms of mobile broadband monetisation, and will enable innovative data offers and promotions to enhance users' satisfaction and avoid churn. WIND Hellas will benefit from the reduced operational costs of a multi-access packet architecture that supports 2G, 3G and 4G subscribers with untapped ultra-fast data speeds.
The evolved packet core solution enables WIND Hellas to offer new services, enhancing users' experience and at the same time significantly simplifying operations and lowering costs.
WIND Hellas CNO Nikos Babalis said: "The successful deployment of the Ericsson evolved packet core solution marks another significant milestone in our commitment to remain at the forefront of telecommunications services in the Greek market - with continuous and long-term investments in our network infrastructure.
“Ericsson, a long-time partner in our network and services evolution, has proved its leading capabilities in mobile packet core and systems integration. The teams worked hard to deliver a state-of-the-art solution. We are proud to say that our mobile packet core solution is ready to serve our existing and new customer base with advanced mobile broadband offerings based on differentiated customer experience."
Mobile broadband with advanced policy control capabilities is becoming increasingly important for operators to strengthen their competitiveness by enhancing the customer experience, and at the same time reducing operational costs.
Maurizio De Dominicis, VP and head of Ericsson in South Eastern Europe, said: "In projects such as these, we see the benefit of the combination of our strength in both services and technology. These are complex projects since they require the seamless transfer of existing subscribers and services to a completely new system, with extensive systems integration according to each customer's needs and network.
“We have a long-standing relationship with WIND Hellas, and we will continue to support them as a business partner in the competitive Greek telecommunications market."