Ericsson to build and manage MiTV’s HSPA network in Malaysia

Ericsson today signed a contract with MiTV Corporation Sdn Bhd (MiTV) to build, manage and maintain its WCDMA/HSPA network across Malaysia. The deal further strengthens Ericsson’s leadership in High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and managed services.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will provide MiTV with a complete WCDMA core and radio network, including HSPA, microwave transmission, multimedia solutions and related services. The agreement also includes a managed services contract that will see Ericsson manage and maintain MiTV’s network.

Dato’ Ir Rosman Ridzwan, MiTV chairman, says MiTV’s aim is to enhance digital opportunities in Malaysia and be the preferred 3G service provider for users who want superior quality, and exciting, multimedia-enriched mobile communication services. “Given our big ambitions, we need a strong and reliable partner with a proven track record to ensure our success. We believe that Ericsson is best suited for this job,” he says.

Jan Signell, country manager of Ericsson Malaysia and president of Ericsson South East Asia, says: “We believe this cooperation will create new multimedia opportunities in Malaysia. With the launch of an HSPA-enabled network, MiTV is well positioned to capitalize on the convergence of internet, broadcasting and telecom services that is already happening.”

The WCDMA/HSPA contract with MiTV underlines Ericsson’s position as the world’s leading supplier of mobile systems.

Ericsson has officially announced more than 100 managed services contracts with operators worldwide. In all current managed services contracts, excluding hosting, Ericsson is managing networks that together serve more than 65 million subscribers worldwide.