Ericsson chosen as sole supplier of Claro's LTE network in Costa Rica
Ericsson to provide core, microwave transmission and radio access, as well as consulting and services including refarming, roll-out, integration, optimization, field operations and maintenance
Commercial offer initially available to pre-paid subscribers in some Costa Rican cities and provinces, such La Uruca, Santa Ana, Escazú (San José), Alajuela and Heredia
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has been selected by Claro as the sole supplier of the operator's LTE network in Costa Rica. Ericsson's full LTE solution will include several core and radio access infrastructure products such as Mobility Management Entity, Home Subscriber Server, the RBS 6000 family, and microwave transmission using the LTE-proven MINI-LINK TN, as well as services and consulting for spectrum refarming, equipment roll-out, systems integration and optimization, in addition to support for field operations, maintenance and the back office.
Claro has launched the LTE network, which uses the 1800 MHz band, as a value added service. Getting connected will require customers to have an existing 3G plan, a smartphone or tablet with LTE capability and USIM. The América Móvil subsidiary is offering LTE internet access in some Costa Rican cantons such as La Uruca, Santa Ana, Escazú (San José) and partially in Heredia and Alajuela provinces.
Victor Garcia, Regulation Manager, Claro Costa Rica, said: "Ericsson has been a preferred business partner for several years in Latin America, and Costa Rica is no exception. We are pushing forward into this next evolutionary step to expand our network capabilities and offer the best service quality for our customers. Ericsson's technology and know-how has played an integral role in enabling these new 4G/LTE services and delivery."
Alejandro Plater, Vice President Ericsson Latin America, said: "We have been working in partnership with América Móvil for more than 15 years, and we have a very good relationship with Claro since their arrival in Costa Rica three years ago. Enabling a full LTE network infrastructure and operations signifies a new step in our partnership, creating the best services and capabilities for our customer's end users."
Claro Costa Rica is the first operator to introduce LTE network services in Central America within AMX group, as well as the first operator in Costa Rica to launch LTE as a value added service for the local market in post-paid plans.
Ericsson is the market leader in LTE worldwide, and in the Latin America region. More than 50 percent of the world's LTE smartphone traffic is served by Ericsson networks, which is more than double the traffic of our closest competitor. Ericsson is present today in all high-traffic LTE markets, including the US, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Canada; has been selected by the top 10 LTE operators, as ranked by LTE subscriptions worldwide; and was named a Leader in the LTE industry by analyst firm Gartner in its 2014 Magic Quadrant report.
NOTES TO EDITORS
About América Móvil
América Móvil is the leading provider of wireless services in Latin America. As of March 31, 2014, it had 272.2 million wireless subscribers and 70.7 million fixed revenue generating units in the Americas.
LTE related press releases:
Download high-resolution photos and broadcast-quality video at http://www.ericsson.com/thecompany/press
Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, businesses and societies to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.
Our services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud - are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.
With more than 110,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions - and our customers - stay in front.
Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2013 were SEK 227.8 billion (USD 34.9 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.
Ericsson has been present in Latin America since 1896, when the company established an agreement in Colombia and delivered equipment for the first time in the region. In the early 1900s, Ericsson increased its presence in Latin America by signing commercial deals in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Today, Ericsson is present in 56 countries within South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, which combined count the region as one of the few with complete Ericsson installations, including a Production Unit, R&D Center and Training Center. Ericsson is the market leading telecom supplier, with over 40% market share in Latin America and more than 100 telecom service contracts in the region.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT
Ericsson Corporate Communications
Phone: +46 10 719 69 92
Ericsson Investor Relations
Phone: +46 10 719 00 00