Batelco selects Ericsson for fixed multi-service and broadband access

July 8, 2003
8 July 2003 Stockholm Lightwave Europe--Ericsson has signed an agreement with Bahrain-based operator Batelco, to migrate its fixed network. The contract includes both Ericsson's ENGINE Multi-Service Network and Ethernet DSL Access solutions.

8 July 2003 Stockholm--Ericsson has signed an agreement with Bahrain-based operator Batelco, to migrate its fixed network. The contract includes both Ericsson's ENGINE Multi-Service Network and Ethernet DSL Access solutions.

Ericsson says its ENGINE softswitch solution will enable Batelco to integrate different types of data and voice traffic on the same network cost�effectively and to offer new services to its customers. Batelco will also deploy Ericsson DSL Access Solution to offer third generation Asymmetric DSL (ADSL) technology to its customers. Implementation is to start immediately.

"Batelco is seeking cost-efficiency and Ericsson's ENGINE network contributes to our achieving this goal by providing a cost-efficient solution connected to fixed network and broadband applications. In addition, the new platform will open new business opportunities within interconnect areas," said Tony Hart, CEO Batelco.

"We are pleased that Batelco has chosen ENGINE and the Ethernet DSL Access, and we hope that our co-operation will further optimise its network. With this contract, Ericsson further establishes its position as the leading provider of packet-based solutions for fixed networks," said Bo Nilsson, VP and Head of Ericsson Middle East.

ENGINE gives Batelco a future-proof migration path to evolve its circuit-switched network to a multi-service network. ENGINE is capable of carrying large and growing volumes of voice and data traffic and enables integrated traditional fixed telephony with IP-based broadband traffic on a single network.

Batelco will initially use the solution to start modernizing its existing local network. Also included in the contract is the replacement of an international switch and an interconnect switch to a second operator.

Ericsson will also provide ADSL lines using its new ultra-compact, scalable Ethernet DSL Access solution. The solution enables standard ADSL lines to be offered economically at smaller sites (starting from ten subscribers) and uses Ethernet technology to provide cost-effective high-bandwidth links in the "second mile" network.

More information is available at www.ericsson.com

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