Ericsson wins £30m Cable & Wireless contract


September 15, 2008

Telecoms equipment provider Ericsson has agreed a £30 million contract with Cable & Wireless to supply the company with GSM mobile network base stations.

Using equipment supplied by Ericsson, Cable & Wireless plans to supply fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) services to corporate customers.

FMC allows calls made from a mobile phone handset to switch between a cellular network and a VoIP (voice over internet protocol) network.

When FMC users are inside or nearby their work building, mobile phone calls are routed through a small, low-power GSM base-station that transfers the calls to a low-cost VoIP service.

Away from work, calls are routed through standard national GSM networks.

Earlier this year Cable & Wireless announced that Tesco would be its first FMC customer.

The supermarket chain store is paying £100 million for Cable & Wireless to completely overhaul its telecoms network.

Cable & Wireless bought a GSM license for FMC services in 2006, costing the company £50,000.

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