Ericsson Lands First Canadian Network Operations Contract with Mobilicity
Mobilicity, one of the newest entrants in the growing Canadian wireless market, has announced five-year managed network operations contract with Ericsson. Ericsson will maintain 3G voice and data services to the 16 million Canadians that Mobilicity’s network will cover when fully launched. This marks Ericsson’s first managed network operations contract in Canada and second major contract in all of North America.
“There’s a huge benefit in having Ericsson monitor and maintain our state-of-the-art 3G network,” says Dave Dobbin, president and CEO of Mobilicity. “No one knows how to run a network better than Ericsson. And, as a low-cost mobile operator, it makes a lot of sense to partner with best-in-class providers who can deliver significant cost-efficiencies and allow us to focus on our customers.”
Mobilicity previously selected Ericsson to design and build its 3G network. The provider plans to launch its 3G network, first in Toronto this spring, and later in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Ottawa. Ericsson will handle the day-to-day network operations, including front-and-back-office operations as well as field maintenance in Mobilicity’s network.
“We are delighted that another North American operator sees the benefit of our global scale and experience in managing operators’ networks,” says Loris Zaia, VP and GM, Ericsson Canada. “Our cooperation with Mobilicity is particularly interesting when you realize we became a trusted managed services provider even before they launch their 3G network.”
Ericsson’s has more than 40,000 service professionals and manages networks that serve over 410 million subscribers worldwide.