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Ericsson awarded $350 million contract from VoiceStream for mobile Internet-ready GSM equipment and WAP terminals
Posted: 09-May-2000 [Source: Ericsson press release]

[VoiceStream is getting ready for a Mobile Internet push in the US with extensive GPRS/GSM infrastructure expansions.]

Ericsson, the global leader in mobile communications, and VoiceStream Wireless Corporation, the largest GSM operator in the United States, have signed a multi-year contract for equipment and services to expand and upgrade VoiceStream's GSM 1900 network in the eastern United States.

The contract, valued at approximately $350 million initially with provisions for an additional $90 million, provides VoiceStream the ability to upgrade and expand its Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Miami markets to meet customer requirements. The agreement includes delivery of Ericsson handsets and will enable VoiceStream to rapidly introduce mobile Internet using WAP and GPRS technologies. Delivery of infrastructure equipment is underway.

"Ericsson is devoted to developing and evolving GSM technologies in North America," said Per-Arne Sandstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ericsson Inc. "This regional solution is a splendid opportunity for Ericsson and VoiceStream to work together to ensure that network capacity keeps pace with the ever-growing demand for services."

"This agreement will enable VoiceStream to continue to provide its subscribers with the voice quality they expect and mobile Internet services that are fast, secure and easy to use," said Bob Stapleton, President and COO of VoiceStream Wireless Corporation.


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