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Ericsson wins mobile softswitch contract to update SMARTís satellite network in the Philippines


Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has been chosen by Philippine operator SMART to enhance the switching capacity of its satellite-based telephony network, called SMART Link, giving consumers greater reach and access to data services.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will install its Mobile Softswitch Solution at SMARTís earth station in Subic Bay, north of Manila, enabling the operator to efficiently boost capacity and accommodate new users.

Mobile Softswitch Solution improves voice quality and increases network efficiency, helping operators to reduce core network opex by up to 50 percent.

The expanded infrastructure will allow SMART to provide access to the newly launched Inmarsat I-4 satellite. The cooperation between SMART and the UKís Inmarsat will increase SMART Linkís existing coverage area across Asia to include Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Rajendra Pangrekar, President of Ericsson Philippines, says: ďThis project showcases the flexibility of Ericssonís Mobile Softswitch Solution. We are very pleased to be able to help SMART enhance their network with this latest technology. We are confident that this will enable them to gain network efficiency, provide an even greater array of services to their customers, and connect them to even more parts of the world.Ē

SMART is the only company in the Philippines offering satellite-based mobile services. The SMART Link Satellite Service allows subscribers to make calls anywhere in its coverage area, whether on land or at sea. It is especially popular among Filipino seafarers, who can use the roaming service while onboard, and those who travel or live in remote areas of the Philippines.


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