Ericsson and Movilnet sign agreement for Wireless Mobile Multimedia services

Ericsson and Telecomunicaciones Movilnet C.A. Venezuela have signed a USD 200 million (SEK 1,720 million) frame agreement detailing the technological requirements to continue the expansion of the Movilnet TDMA network. The agreement also covers joint activities for introducing EDGE technology, setting the stage for Movilnet to introduce Third Generation (3G) mobile services.

With this new network, Movilnet will be able to offer Wireless Mobile Multimedia services to users in a very competitive time frame and will be one of the first operators in South America to introduce a 3G network.

Movilnet began aggressive modernization of their network from analog to digital technology in 1995. This latest agreement is a continuation of the company's strategy of exploiting the capabilities of data applications to offer users increasingly sophisticated and competitive services.

"The role of telecommunications will be even more important to our futures, particularly taking into account the demand for mobility, in all aspects of business and private life," says Guillermo Olaizola, President of Movilnet. "Applications development is racing ahead and will be able to satisfy these demands, so operators must also understand these demands and be ready to satisfy their customers in a timely fashion.

"This new agreement with Movilnet confirms the strength of the partnership between our two companies. It is especially satisfying to be able to work with Movilnet to prepare the way for introduction of an EDGE Third Generation network and services," says Olle Ulvenholm, President of Ericsson Venezuela, adding that, "TDMA is an excellent and powerful platform for the deployment of multimedia services."

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