Cellular One Selects Ericsson to Upgrade and Expand Its Network
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- (Marketwired) -- 04/17/13 -- Ericsson (NASDAQ:
ERIC) has been selected by Cellular One to upgrade its entire network
to 3G and expand its existing number of base stations by 50 percent.
Ericsson will also deploy its MINI-LINK microwave products to provide
increased backhaul capacity. The upgrade will result in increased
coverage within previously underserved areas across northeast Arizona
and New Mexico, with some areas receiving a 4G upgrade.
Having secured the critical spectrum required to roll out 3G and 4G
services through a recent landmark trade deal, Cellular One is now
pushing ahead with an aggressive expansion plan. The upgraded network
will offer superior 21 Mbps service to customers who today only have
access to 2G speeds.
"Cellular One is already the biggest network in our coverage area.
This expansion plan will consolidate that position and ensure our
customers are receiving the world-class service that they deserve,"
said Louise Finnegan, Cellular One CEO.
"This is the most aggressive build out plan that the company has ever
undertaken and in evaluating the best partner to undertake this
project with, we looked for a company that is a technology
world-leader, has immaculate credentials worldwide and provides the
best service and security for Cellular One and its customers,"
Finnegan added. "Ericsson was the obvious choice."
Ericsson will overlay 3G WCDMA and replace Cellular One's existing 2G
network. Ericsson will install base station controllers, radio
network controllers and multi-standard base stations based on
Ericsson's RBS6000 family. The 4G capable backhaul solution includes
MINI-LINK TN for flexible and scalable network expansion and
MINI-LINK LH for high capacity trunk radio.
"Increased data speed and coverage has become an essential part of
the networked society where we live," said Craig Stein, Head of
Broadband & Media Accounts for Ericsson. "Ericsson takes pride in
leading the way into this new generation of connectivity and is
excited to work with Cellular One as it extends its network, speed
and the benefits of mobile broadband to its customers."
The first 3G sites are scheduled to come online within the next six
NOTES TO EDITORS
About Cellular One
Cellular One www.cellularoneonline.com is a
leading provider of wireless communications service committed to
providing the most reliable service to its customers in rural
Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Headquartered in Show Low, Ariz.,
Cellular One operates a network of more than 160 cell sites, with
additional sites in the works, and a total of 22 stores within its
coverage area--providing nearly 200 jobs in the region.
Cellular One remains committed to supporting the communities its
network serves, many of which are rural and/or situated on Native
American reservations. The company's "Live Connected" brand message
reflects its mission to help customers live connected to one another
and their communities by offering the most reliable cellular service
at the best value with unrivaled customer service. For more
information, visit www.cellularoneonline.com and
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