Japan’s KDDI Selects Ericsson for LTE

KDDI, Japan’s second largest full-service telco in terms of subscribers, has selected Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson to deploy its Long Term Evolution (LTE) system and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network. According to a joint press release, Ericsson will provide a FDD LTE and EPC radio access network based on its RBS6000 base station solution, in addition to network rollout and systems integration services. Further, the agreement marks a milestone as it is the first time Ericsson and KDDI have collaborated to implement a radio access network.

KDDI’s LTE-based services were first introduced in September 2012 to coincide with the launch of the new iPhone 5 handset. KDDI is using both the 800MHz and 2100MHz bands for its LTE networks. 

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