MANHASSET, N.Y. Ericsson has signed a multi-year frame agreement with mobile operator Viettel to expand that company's GSM/GPRS network in Vietnam.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will provide Viettel with core and network rollout and support services. The network will have EDGE capability, paving the way for a future migration to 3G.
"The agreement will further strengthen Ericsson's position as Viettel's leading GSM system supplier," said Staffan Holmer, head of sales for region Asia Pacific at Ericsson, in a statement. "We will increase our market share in the dynamic and fast-growing Vietnamese mobile market, at the same time as our proven GSM technology continues to gain market shares throughout the region, based on a continued demand for both coverage and capacity".
Ericsson's technology will enable Viettel, currently the fastest growing mobile operator in Vietnam, to continue its rapid nationwide network rollout, as well as to provide advanced voice and high speed data services to a growing number of mobile phone users in the country.