Ericsson to Accelerate Mobile Backhaul Transformation for E-Plus

Germany’s E-Plus Group has reportedly extended its existing exclusive partnership with Swedish vendor Ericsson under which it aims to transform its mobile backhaul to all-IP. With the IP RAN transformation said to be ‘an important cornerstone’ in the German operator’s mobile broadband strategy, Ericsson has also confirmed that under the terms of the agreement between the two companies it will transform the Germany-wide microwave network, which will be migrated to all-IP in the mid-term using MINI-LINK long- and short-haul products.

Commenting on the network development plans, Gerhard Ludtke, Director, Access Network at E-Plus Group, noted:

 IP Backhaul is an essential part of our mobile broadband programme and was underestimated by many operators as a key enabler of high speed data. Therefore we are glad that we have already reached 90% of our broadband radio sites with full IP transport. E-Plus will continue to strengthen its mobile backhaul network to provide a superior user experience to its subscribers and to position E-Plus as a leading player in the growing LTE market space.’

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