Ericsson has announced new deals in Serbia and Chile, including the launch of Latin America’s first APT700 network. 

The first deal sees Ericsson providing its converged billing solution to Telekom Srbija as the operator finalises its business support systems (BSS) transformation.

The vendor’s Charging and Billing in One software suite will be integrated for Telekom Srbija’s fixed line consumer and enterprise subscribers. The operator said the implementation will be the “final step” in a BSS transformation programme that began in 2011.

It added Ericsson’s billing solution would enable it to offer customers real-time control over their spending and deliver targeted “incentive” offers.

Predrag Culibrk, Telekom Srbija CEO, said: “As the leading telecom operator in Serbia, we always aim to provide our subscribers with services and solutions that will enhance their experience.

“We are glad that together with Ericsson we will implement such an advanced business support system enabling us to meet expectations of our customers and to follow market trends.”

Ericsson said its billing system enabled converged charging for voice, data, fixed and mobile services, providing a single end-to-end management system for operators.

It revealed that the implementation by Telekom Srbija would be the first of is kind in Europe.

Meanwhile, Ericsson will also deploy the first APT 700MHz LTE network in Latin America after renewing its strategic partnership with Entel Chile.

Under the four-year agreement, Sweden-based Ericsson will supply Entel’s multi-standard APT700 network in addition to modernising the operator’s 2G, 3G and 4G core access networks on six different frequency bands.

The vendor said the new APT700 network would also offer Entel’s 4G subscribers faster download speeds and lower latency, with Entel CEO Antonio Büchi labelling it “a major milestone”.

The partnership renewal follows joint trials of the APT700 spectrum between Ericsson and Entel when it reached Latin America last year, in which the companies ran data sessions on the frequency using the operator’s 4G network.

[Read more: Ericsson helps APT700 reach South America with Entel deployment]

Nicolas Brancoli, VP of Ericsson Latin America, commented: “With this agreement, we further strengthen our long-term strategic business relationship with Entel.

“We are glad to be entrusted with the deployment of the next-generation mobile network across Chile, so that the subscribers can enjoy an enhanced mobile experience and reliable services. This partnership will enable new and exciting opportunities for business, society and people in the country.”​

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