Mobile satellite operator Inmarsat has chosen Ericsson to develop its next generation core network for the company’s Broadband Global Area Network, planned for launch in 2004. The contract is valued at $55 million.
Inmarsat aims to offer 3G services to customers across the whole world, particularly in areas where existing telecom infrastructure has low bandwidth or does not exist.
As the sole supplier for the core network, Ericsson will deliver infrastructure including routers from its comprehensive 3G product portfolio, network management solutions and a host of professional support services.
Ericsson’s equipment will provide the call routing and mobility management functionality for Inmarsat’s new Broadband Global Area Network ground stations, enabling connectivity to the fixed and mobile terrestrial phone and data networks in conjunction with Inmarsat’s service providers.