MANHASSET, N.Y. Israeli telcom operator Partner has selected Ericsson as a supplier for its 3G network expansion and upgrade to High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA).
Ericsson (Stockholm) will expand Partner's 3G/HSDPA radio network and provide accompanying services, enabling the operator to expand its third-generation services to include mobile broadband and mobile TV. The system rollout will start this year.
Amikam Cohen, chief executive of Partner, said in a statement, "In line with our strategic decision to introduce two suppliers for our 3G network, we have selected Ericsson as our second supplier. Ericsson's UMTS/HSDPA technology will continue to provide us with the most advanced equipment available. The decision was based on Ericsson's excellent performance in our GSM network and the quality of its UMTS equipment."
Ericsson's HSDPA capabilities enable download speeds of up to 14 Mbps. The technology offers operators more than double the system capacity and speeds response times for interactive services.