In Canada, telecommunications company Eastlink has selected communications firm Ericsson to provide enhanced and more resilient services.

The agreement reached between the two companies allows Ericsson to be the lead core network supplier for voice over long term evolution (VoLTE) and Wi-Fi calling.

Ericsson will deploy a 5G network using it’s Fast VoLTE solution which is based on virtual IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) components.

According to the communications firm, the IMS facilitate rapid deployment of networks and supports high-definition voice and other communication services over LTE and Wi-Fi access networks.

The project will include modernising customer and front-end databases, such as the Home Location Register and Home Subscriber Service.

The initiative will be complete by the second half of 2018.

Lee Bragg, CEO at Eastlink, says, “We operate with an overarching philosophy of continuous improvement through investment in our people, our networks, our services, and in advanced technologies. Partnerships like the longstanding one we have with Ericsson, makes it possible for us to leverage the very best expertise and technology to help bring our customers an exceptional and continuously improved experience.”

Graham Osborne, Head of Ericsson Canada, says: “Telecom operators are looking for cost-effective solutions to manage the ever-increasing volume of mobile traffic and demand for enhanced services.

“…this network upgrade will bring immediate improvements and position them well to add future services.”


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.