In Switzerland, telecommunications firm Swisscom has selected Ericsson to upgrade its network in two phases. The project will include deploying Gigabit LTE as from 2018 and 5G technologies as from 2020. Ericsson will provide Swisscom with its cloud based Radio Access and Core solutions such as the Network Function Virtualisation Infrastructure, Virtualised Evolved Packet Core and Virtualised IP Multimedia Subsystem.
In addition to the solutions, Ericsson will provide the telecommunications firm with services to optimise its network. The modernisation of the communications network will increase its capacity and speed in data telemetry.
The project is part of efforts by Swisscom to improve customer services and revenue generation. The upgraded network will allow the firm to offer managed services in the factory automation, smart grid, digital health and intelligent mobility sectors.
Heinz Herren, CTO at Swisscom, said: "We would like to offer the best network to our customers in Switzerland – today and in the future…we will achieve our goal to deliver greater innovation and provide customers with the best experiences."
Ericsson in smart grid rollout
The news follows an announcement made in mid-August where Ericsson entered into a consortium engaged in a smart grid build out in Kuwait. The consortium is being led by Kuwait telecommunications company Zain to implement multiple smart grid projects, which includes a smart meter installation programme through to 2024.
Ericsson will provide and install advanced metering infrastructure technology and various managed services to improve utility operations and the management of telecommunications networks for IoT applications.
For instance, Ericsson said it will provide managed solutions to enable prepaid services and improvements in the management of energy systems through analysis of grid performance data.
The project is claimed to be one of the largest utilities' digital transformation initiatives in the Middle East.
Some 800,000 smart electric and water meters are expected to be deployed to help the Ministry of Electricity and Water to accurately bill consumers and improve its revenue collection.
The smart meters are being deployed to help consumers improve their water and energy efficiency through access to real-time usage data via the Ericsson Multiservice Delivery Platform using mobile devices.
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