Mobile equipment vendor Ericsson has won the contract to provide 100 per cent of O2's Evolved Packet Core (EPC) – the core network for the LTE system – in the UK, in addition to half of the telecommunications giant's RBS 6000 multi-standard radio base stations for 4G.
"This network transformation will put us in a great position for a seamless launch of 4G services this year. The outcome of the recent spectrum auction allows us to ensure the widest and deepest possible reach for new services and will see O2's 4G network provide indoor coverage to 98% of the UK population," Andrew Conway, the head of mobile access for O2, said of the development.
Ericsson has also separately showed off its new end-to-end LTE broadcast solution, which it claims is designed to improve the quality of video transferred over LTE networks and to enable operators to offer a high-end, guaranteed service without taking up too much of spectrum. Live trials of the solution will start in Australia during the second half of this year.
Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.