Wednesday, August 23, 2017

MegaFon partners with Ericsson for telecom infrastructure upgrade

Russian mobile operator MegaFon announced last week that it has signed a seven-year cooperative agreement with Sweden's Ericsson regarding the development and modernization of its telecommunications infrastructure.

The conditions of the agreement call for Ericsson to provide MegaFon with hardware and software equipment to facilitate 2G, 3G and 4G cellular networks. MegaFon will use these tools to modernize its cellular infrastructure. Plans call for a large portion of MegaFon's existing infrastructure to be entirely replaced with Ericsson equipment.

"With this contract, we are opening a new stage in the cooperation between the two companies," MegaFon Director of Infrastructure Yevgeny Chermashentsev said. "The choice of such a reliable partner as Ericsson will allow us to offer customers the most modern technological solutions. I express my gratitude to the management and the entire Ericsson team for their work and a willingness to meet a partner."

The first phase of infrastructural enhancement work will be performed later this year in MegaFon's northwest service branches.

"The agreement with MegaFon takes our partnership to a new level," Charlotte Sund, the head of Ericsson in North Europe and Central Asia, said. "Our portfolio and global market knowledge allow us to be confident that we will be able to solve problems of any complexity and scale in the shortest possible time and with maximum efficiency. As well as MegaFon, Ericsson attaches great importance to improving the availability of high-quality mobile services and intends to support the operator in the implementation of plans for the development of telecommunications infrastructure."