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Ericsson showcases African solutions

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Ericsson will exhibit and present at AfricaCom 2007, part of the GSM>3G World Series, from 21 to 22 November 2007.
A wide range of the company's solutions will be on show on stand, including its 'Full Service Broadband' offering, managed services and multimedia solutions, together with a showcase of the innovative pico/femto base station.

"We are delighted to be participating in AfricaCom 2007 and to have this opportunity to showcase our broad range of solutions," says Pieter van der Westhuizen, vice president: Networks and Sales Support for Ericsson's Market Unit sub-Saharan Africa (MUSA), "especially those ideally suited to the particular challenges of the African environment."
One such solution is Ericsson's Expander, a package of enhanced network components, which allows mobile operators to extend coverage over large areas using a minimum of base stations. "Our Expander solution is ideal for operators looking to make strategic moves into the large rural areas on this continent," confirms Van der Westhuizen. "It enables them to optimise both capital and operational expenditures and keep the total cost of ownership to a minimum."
Ericsson will also be demonstrating the potential of Abis-over-IP-over-Satellite to reduce costs and facilitate increased rural coverage. "Abis-over-IP allows network operators to use highly efficient IP and Ethernet transport networks to connect BTS and BSC, which lowers backhaul costs significantly."
For operators interested in exploiting the growing demand for multimedia and data services, Ericsson will be presenting its Service Delivery Platform (SDP), Convergence Charging architecture and IPTV solutions among others.
"SDP allows network operators to provide a multitude of new consumer multimedia applications in a quick and cost-efficient way," says van der Westhuizen. "It's a sophisticated, flexible set of service offerings, enablers and a support platform working together allowing operators to quickly introduce new services and applications throughout the whole network."
Ericsson will also be showcasing its innovative pico/femto base station at the stand. "Offering 'hotspots' for 3G phones, these base stations are an exciting innovation that will allow consumers to make VoIP calls from their GSM and WCDMA mobile phones," explains van der Westhuizen, "enabling operators to compete successfully in the fixed-access market through price-competitive services."
Delegates will be able to gain a deeper understanding of Ericsson's vision of the future for mobile and broadband internet communications by attending the presentation by van der Westhuizen on 'HSPA and its Evolution for Optimal Delivery of Wireless Broadband' at 12h10 on 21 November.