The Japanese cellular operator Softbank Mobile has awarded Ericsson a contract to deploy a 900MHz evolved HSPA radio access network. The new network will feature Ericsson’s multi-standard RBS 6000 base station, which is capable of supporting W-CDMA and Long Term Evolution (LTE) technologies. Deployments will concentrate on the central region of Japan, which includes the cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. Under the terms of the contract, Ericsson will also be responsible for a range of professional services such as network design, consulting, systems integration and network deployment.
Softbank Mobile is expected to launch its first services in the newly licensed 900MHz band on 25 July, using the frequencies to boost mobile internet coverage and capacity. Its 900MHz network deployment plan incorporates the installation of approximately 16,000 base stations in fiscal 2012, which will be expanded to 41,000 by fiscal 2016, providing 99.9% population coverage.