In the long term the 3G network will cover the whole of Japan and its 120 million inhabitants. Ericsson has not revealed the value of the order but the company’s information department told TT that it is ‘very big’.
“We are now the biggest 3G supplier in Japan, the USA and Canada, which means enormous opportunities for us as the market continues to develop,” said managing director Carl-Henric Svanberg during a telephone conference from Japan, where he was finalising the agreement.
The deal includes supplying the the company’s WCDMA network in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.
Emobile, which is a subsidiary of Eaccess, is one of three operators in Japan who were awarded a 3G licence in 2005.
According to Ericsson, Emobile will be able to launch its commercial 3G service in March 2007. From the start, Emobile’s 3G network will be upgraded to ‘Turbo 3G’, known as HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access), which allows mobile data traffic at the same speed as normal broadband.