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Ericsson and Videotron Extend Collaboration, Enhance Core Network Capabilities

Ericsson and Canadian telecommunications provider Videotron have announced an extended collaboration through a five-year agreement, building on a longstanding relationship.

The collaboration aims to enhance Videotron’s Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) deployments. It covers software, services, and support, solidifying both companies’ commitment to innovation and enhanced experiences for mobile subscribers across Canada.

“This partnership is a continuation of our long-standing collaboration with Videotron, aiming not just for technological upgrades but to enrich the digital lives of Canadians,” says Yasir Hussain, CTO of Ericsson Canada. “We are proud to bring our global expertise and innovative solutions to Videotron, helping ensure their customers enjoy the best in connectivity and service quality.”

“With the help of Ericsson’s cutting-edge technology, our brands Videotron and Fizz will continue to elevate the experience of their valued customers,” adds Mohamed Drif, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Vidéotron. “As we strengthen our position in the dynamic telecommunications landscape, Videotron and Ericsson are set to offer customers unparalleled connectivity and even more innovative services.”

Ericsson’s contribution to Videotron’s core network will enhance its capacity nationwide, enabling the telecom provider to effectively serve a growing number of Canadian subscribers. The scope of the agreement encompasses the advancement of Packet Core, IMS, Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI), and Network Management Systems including Ericsson Network Manager and Ericsson Network IQ.

For Videotron and Fizz customers, this partnership translates into an efficient network experience, marked by enhanced connectivity, faster data speeds, and a platform ready for future technological innovations, says the companies.

The agreement also includes provisions for future-ready strategies, including continuous network upgrades and expansions, securing Videotron’s network at the forefront of technological advancements.

Ericsson Canada is also a partner in the national ecosystem network aimed at fostering 5G adoption and collaboration in Canada. Videotron is a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc. offering television, entertainment, Internet access, wireline telephone, and mobile telephone services. Following the acquisition of Freedom Mobile, Videotron became the fourth strongest and competitive wireless service provider in Canada. As of March 31, 2024, Videotron and Freedom together had 3,825,100 subscriber connections to their mobile telephone services.