India’s leading telecom operator Vodafone Essar has selected Ericsson as its exclusive 3G HSPA hardware, software and related service vendor to equip India’s metropolitan cities — Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata — with latest HSPA mobile broadband network. Vodafone Essar will deploy latest HSPA technology to deliver new type of services like video telephony, mobile broadband, mobile TV, video on demand and others such as music downloads, video tones, instant messaging, on line gaming. Marten Pieters, managing director, Vodafone Essar, said, “Globally, Vodafone provides enhanced 3G experiences to a large base of customers. India is now ready for 3G, and we are committed to offer similar high-quality 3G services to our Indian customers. Ericsson is one of the specialists in this area and we view this as a very strategic alliance, in order to deliver and maintain a high quality network which customers will expect from Vodafone.” Under the agreement, Ericsson will supply the RAN system, network rollout services, tuning, spare parts and training services, along with the 3G common core platform and transmission over the coming months. The radio access network will include the latest multi-standard radio base station RBS 6000 and mobile soft-switching technology, which will boost the capacity of the network and evolve it into an IP network. With such solutions, Ericsson will also help Vodafone to achieve their energy saving goals. The framework contract will be implemented through 2010 to 2012. Deliveries and deployment will soon begin.