Ericsson has announced two new deals with Algérie Telecom and utilities provider Con Edison.

The Sweden-based vendor will be deploying the first end-to- end LTE network across Algeria in a deal that also includes broadband services as well as voice and video calling (VoLTE).

Due to Algeria’s “challenging and diverse geography” it has been difficult to install reliable copper and fibre broadband networks in the country, Ericsson said.

The new network will fill in gaps in coverage within the existing copper-fibre network. In addition, it will be rolled out in high-density traffic areas, such as universities, airports and business and retail sectors.

Azouaou Mehmel, the President and CEO of Algérie Telecom Group described the launch of LTE as “a key milestone” in the operator’s strategic broadband development plan.

Nunzio Mirtillo, Head of Ericsson's Mediterranean Region, commented: “Algérie Telecom is bringing the world’s latest technology to its customers, providing faster, more reliable broadband and high-quality communication services to an increasingly demanding subscriber base.”

Meanwhile, Con Edison (Consolidated Edison Company of New York) has chosen to implement Ericsson's iDEN (integrated Digital Enhanced Network) to deploy technicians to their 3.3 million electricity and 1.1 million gas customers.

Con Edison is a regulated utility providing electric, gas, and steam service in New York City and Westchester County

Ericsson will manage 24 cell sites and one core network, and will be responsible for performance reports, monitoring, front and back office services, field operations and third party product management.

Although Ericsson has offered monitoring and maintenance services to Con Edison since 2009, the deal marks the vendor’s first managed service public utility customer in the US.

"There is enormous potential in public utility for connectivity to enhance services and customer relations," said Jean-Claude Geha, Head of Managed Services at Ericsson.

"Con Edison is the first managed service public utility customer for Ericsson in the United States and marks a strategic win."

Ericsson said it has 300 managed service contracts in 100 countries, amounting to a customer base of 1 billion.

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