Saudi Arabia’s second largest mobile operator in terms of subscriptions Mobily (Etihad Etisalat) has entered into a strategic partnership with Ericsson to upgrade its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) networks in the western region of the Kingdom, in order to enhance data transmission capacity. According to the press release, Ericsson will upgrade the EPC network with the Evolved Packet Gateway based on the SSR 8000 family to support 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) and prepare the network for Voice over LTE (VoLTE). Ericsson will also provide systems integration, design and managed services, thus extending the scope of the previous managed services agreement with Mobily signed in 2005. The enhanced capacity of the network will allow Mobily’s subscribers to quadruple the amount of data they use, as the upgraded EPC network will offer better access to 4G LTE with ultra-fast data speeds.
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