Telenor Pakistan partners with Ericsson for the transmission network upgrade


Telenor Pakistan has signed an agreement with Ericsson for the transformation of its mobile backhaul network into an IP-based infrastructure. This will enhance the capacity of Telenor Pakistan’s network backbone to meet the growing traffic demand.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will supply microwave transmission solutions and products to optimize Telenor Pakistan’s network and sites. The partnership will strengthen the backhaul of the service provider’s wireless broadband and cellular traffic. This will result in a more robust and cost-effective network.

According to Ericsson, its microwave solutions offer key advantages such as high capacity, efficient use of spectrum, low-energy consumption and simplified operations and maintenance.

With recent technological advances in microwave system software and new radio hardware, microwave transport has moved from megabit-per-second capacity to gigabit-per-second capacity. Ericsson’s microwave transport portfolio, with what the company describes as its market-leading MINI-LINK 6000 nodes for both traditional microwave bands and E-band, will provide gigabit capacity that supports increased mobile broadband speeds and better application coverage throughout Pakistan.

According to figures that the telco has shared previously, it is the second-largest mobile network in Pakistan, with over 46 million customers.

Press Statements

Commenting on the development, Khurrum Ashfaque, Chief Technology Officer and Deputy CEO, Telenor Pakistan says,

“Telenor Pakistan keeps customers at the core of its operations by connecting them to what matters most to them. With this latest partnership, we will be able to further enhance the experience for our 46 million customers. This also reiterates our commitment to continuously invest in our infrastructure and guarantee that our networks have the capacity to serve our growing customer base.”

Ekow Nelson, Vice President at Ericsson Middle East and Africa says:

“This modernization project is part of our global efforts to enable the leading players in the telecom sectors to meet their future expansion and performance requirements as well as strengthen the long-term sustainability of their networks. Ericsson is closely collaborating with Telenor Pakistan in developing and deploying their network with higher capacity, speed and quality – enabling them to create and offer new services to consumers and businesses in Pakistan.”

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