Kuzey Kibris Turkcell (KKTCell), a subsidiary of Turkcell and the leading operator in northern Cyprus, has selected Ericsson as the sole supplier of a WCDMA/HSPA network. The move will enable the operator to offer high-speed mobile broadband, including mobile Internet, video calls and other advanced multimedia services to its subscribers.

Under the agreement Ericsson will provide a WCDMA/HSPA network, including radio access and packet core network and the company’s Mobile Softswitch Solution. The agreement also includes a mobile backhaul solution with microwave and optical transport equipment. Ericsson will also provide professional services such as consulting and systems integration.

Daghan Fellahoglu, general manager at Kuzey Kibris Turkcell, said, "This move will extend and upgrade our network with WCDMA/HSPA functionality, and cement our position as the leading local operator. It will also ensure our subscribers enjoy a richer communications experience, including advanced multimedia functionality and high-speed mobile broadband that enables anytime, anywhere access. We're also proud to say that KKTCell has built a unique all-IP 3G network solution that includes microwave transmission."

Anders Lindblad, president of Ericsson Turkey and Israel, commented, "We are proud to continue our long-running partnership with KKTCell and bring our mobile broadband solution to northern Cyprus. The contract reflects Ericsson's technology leadership and telecom business understanding and will enable KKTCell to offer the latest services to their customers."