Ericsson's first ENGINE contract in Colombia

Ericsson's first ENGINE contract in Colombia Colombian operator TeleBucaramanga has selected Ericsson's multi-service network solution ENGINE to migrate its existing network to a multi-service network. The solution will also function as the platform for the introduction of new data services and other Internet-related services on the Colombian market. The first part of the system will be up and running in the later part of December, 2000, and will be the start of TeleBucaramanga's evolution path toward a next-generation network. Ericsson's ENGINE solution will enable the operator to reach its target in a gradual, scalable and flexible way, while ensuring a reliable network for both voice and data services. The migration solution is based on Ericsson's flexible multi-service access platform, ENGINE Access Ramp, which will provide the operator with ADSL for high-speed Internet services, SHDSL for LAN-to-LAN communications and an ATM backbone for voice and data traffic. TeleBucaramanga will also use Ericsson's widely deployed Tigris MultiService Access Platforms for the broadband Internet services as well as dial-up access. "The focus of the project is to migrate our circuit-switched network to a multi-service packet network based on ATM switches and broadband access for the introduction of carrier-class information applications," says Marcos Fidel Durán, Technical Manager at TeleBucaramanga. "The solution, based on Ericsson's ENGINE, provides several advantages in that way: speed for the introduction of new services, traffic growth handling, optimization of the network resources, and benefits in network operation and planning." The contract also includes local services and support from Ericsson during the first months of the project. In a second phase next year, expansion of both the size of the network and services is planned. "Ericsson has traditionally been a preferred partner for circuit-switchng networks in Colombia," says Carlos Munoz, Ericsson Colombia "When entering the next-generation multi-service network era, our ambition is to remain a strong player. We see this contract as an important step that further strengthens Ericsson's position as a strategic partner for the migration to multi-service networks in Colombia and Latin America." Ericsson is the leading communications supplier, combining innovation in mobility and Internet in creating the new era of mobile Internet. Ericsson provides total solutions covering everything from systems and applications to mobile phones and other communications tools. With more than 100,000 employees in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for customers all over the world. Read more at http://www.ericsson.com/pressroom FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Jonas Lihnell, Public Relations Manager, Ericsson Division Multi-Service Networks Phone: +46 8 719 35 91, E-mail: jonas.lihnell@etx.ericsson.se Natalia Vargas, Ericsson Colombia Phone: +57 1 623 9102, E-mail: natalia.vargas@edc.ericsson.se About ENGINE ENGINE is Ericsson's global multi-service network offering for operators of fixed networks, designed for real-time services; a network able to carry large and growing volumes of IP-based traffic. The ENGINE concept efficiently builds new and migrates operators' current circuit-switched networks into a single next generation network, based on ATM and IP packet switching technologies. The scope of ENGINE includes broadband access solutions, packet backbone network solutions, communication services solutions, applications and hosting solutions and management solutions. The technologies used in this architecture - and the structure itself - are fully optimized to achieve the lowest operational costs, and secure the highest possible service level and new revenue opportunities for operators. Up to date Ericsson has received 29 contracts for ENGINE-type solutions. There is live service on ENGINE networks with Diveo (former Diginet Americas), Telefónica, BT, Telia Denmark and Telia Europe, KPN, Callino and others. To learn more about Ericsson's suite of multi-service networks, ENGINE, please visit, http://www.ericsson.com/ngn About ENGINE Access Ramp ENGINE Access Ramp is a next-generation access solution for both voice and data. This solution, launched at CeBIT earlier this year, integrates narrowband (PSTN/ISDN) and broadband (DSL) services in one single system and enables operators to freely mix between PSTN, ISDN and xDSL services. Scalable and flexible, ENGINE Access Ramp gives the operator the ability to upgrade the existing access network step-by-step, enabling rapid response to new and changing market conditions. ENGINE Access Ramp is the latest addition to the ENGINE family, Ericsson's Wireline portfolio for next-generation solutions. To learn more about ENGINE Access Ramp, see: http://www.ericsson.se/pressroom/20000228-0020.html

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