Avea awards three 3G contracts

7 Apr 2009

Avea, Turkey’s third largest wireless operator by subscribers has named three firms that will construct its third generation (3G) mobile infrastructure. Ericsson has been contracted to build base stations in western Turkey, while Chinese suppliers Huawei and ZTE have been hired to roll out the network in the Mediterranean and Anatolian regions respectively. Ericsson revealed that its four year deal is for an HSPA-enabled network. The Swedish company will integrate and deploy W-CDMA/HSPA radio access and packet core networks. The deal also includes an expansion and upgrade of Avea’s existing GSM network. Avea is owned by Turkish fixed line incumbent, Turk Telecom. The company secured a 3G concession in December 2008.

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