eAccess extends partnership with Ericsson, launches LTE network

Staff writer
23 Feb 2012

Japan’s eAccess will become the first operator in the world to launch a mixed mode solution for W-CDMA and LTE.

Thanks to Ericsson’s Mixed Mode solution, eAccess can use the same radio frequency band for both LTE and W-CDMA services. LTE enables the fast transfer of huge amounts of data in an efficient and cost-effective way, and switching to this new technology will contribute to enhance eAccess’ user experiences.

It will also simplify the process of adjusting frequency allocation in the future as traffic demand shifts from W-CDMA to LTE, allowing the operator to optimize its use of spectrum. Commercial launch of the Mixed Mode solution will begin in major cities across the country from March 2012.

With more than 5.6 million mobile broadband and wired internet subscribers, eAccess is a leader in mobile broadband in Japan, and has been working closely with Ericsson since 2006 as its main supplier. Under the agreement, Ericsson will supply LTE functionality to Japan’s metropolitan areas, such as Tokyo, Tokai and Osaka.

Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will provide eAccess with full turnkey Network Rollout, Network Optimization & Consulting, and upgrade the Packet Core network to an Evolved Packet Core architecture.

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