Monday 6 July, 2020

Liberty taps Ericsson for network upgrade

Vivek Khemka, Chief Technology and Product Officer, Liberty Latin America.

Vivek Khemka, Chief Technology and Product Officer, Liberty Latin America.

Liberty Latin America (LLA) Ltd is partnering with Ericsson for a major upgrade of its mobile core network in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Liberty is present in over 20 countries in the region under the consumer brands VTR, Flow, Liberty, Más Móvil, BTC, UTS and Cabletica.

The partnership will also enable Liberty to accelerate its journey towards new technologies.

By the end of the three-year project, Liberty Latin America’s mobile core networks will be fully virtualized, even more resilient, and prepared for future mobile technologies, the company said in a press release.

Ericsson’s portfolio spans networks, digital services, managed services, and emerging business and is designed to help customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams, the company said in Liberty’s release on the initiative.

The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on Nasdaq New York.

The three-year deal will see Ericsson deploying state-of-the-art, virtualised and cloud-based mobile core network solutions to serve the regional Liberty Latin America market under a mobile core consolidation project.

Deployment is expected to get underway in the second half of 2020 and will benefit LLA’s operations across the region.

Vivek Khemka, Chief Technology and Product Officer, Liberty Latin America said, "Current circumstances have shown the importance of resilient, high-speed networks. Deploying a new virtualised core network across the region will allow us to be ready for our customers’ changing needs. We continue to invest and modernize our network across the region to ensure better voice quality, higher data speeds, lower latency, data security and increased network resiliency, improving our customer experiences.”

Khemka added: “The extension of our strategic partnership with Ericsson consolidates our commitment to the development of a new generation of services that will provide a greater experience for our customers in the region."

President of Europe and Latin America, Ericsson, Arun Bansal said: "We are incredibly pleased to be the sole partner working with Liberty Latin America on bringing our reliable core network to LLA’s markets. With our combined dedication to reliable networks and our forward-thinking strategies for the region, we are perfectly placed to bring the next generation of connectivity to the public. Working closely to modernize networks, we will not only be paving the way for technology shifts but ensuring a more sustainable and innovation driven future for the Caribbean and Latin America."

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