Ericsson has won a five-year contract with Hungarian cableco UPC to manage and operate field services for the company.

Under the agreement, Sweden-based Ericsson will undertake field and site maintenance activities on UPC’s network in order to improve its performance.

The vendor revealed it will also provide analytics services to the cableco from its R&D facilities in Budapest.

Severina Pascu, Chief Executive Officer of UPC Hungary, said: "We are choosing partners, both local Hungarian companies and also larger multinational partners to always have the best fit in providing superior experience to our customers in the ever changing digital world.

“Ericsson can bring the expertise that will allow us to further improve how our innovation and services are delivered to our customers.”

Ericsson said the deal would help boost its business in Central Europe and “expand its managed services capabilities in the cable service area”.

The vendor has signed a number of managed service contracts in recent months, including a multi-year deal with MTN Group, signed in September, that sees Ericsson update the operator’s billing processes across Africa and the Middle East.

The previous month, Ericsson landed a seven-year contract with Deutsche Telekom opco Crnogorski Telekom to manage its network in Montenegro.

Meanwhile in June, the company won a five year deal with Smile Communications that sees Ericsson managing the operator’s 4G networks in several African countries. 

Gábor Éry, Head of Ericsson Hungary, said: ”We are excited by the challenge of living up to the expectations in this partnership.”

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