Ericsson has won USD 4 billion network transformation contract from T Mobile USA to deploy LTE in key T-Mobile USA markets. Ericsson will transform GSM, WCDMA and HSPA+ sites and perform consulting and system integration and rollout services
T-Mobile USA will be the first carrier in North America to deploy Ericsson's AIR technology, enabling the carrier to improve existing coverage and quickly launch LTE.
T-Mobile USA selected the AIR solution due to the enhanced radio performance and ease of deployment. Ericsson will install the radio, tower and switch room equipment, as well as provide consulting and systems integration and rollout services. Ericsson will also provide turnkey services in the areas of installation, commissioning, integration and migration.
"T-Mobile continues to be at the forefront of 4G innovation and we're excited to continue our long-standing partnership with Ericsson as we modernize our network and deploy LTE in 2013," said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. "By partnering with Ericsson, T-Mobile expects to be the first carrier in the nation to deploy the company's Antenna Integrated Radio technology, enabling accelerated deployment and reduced site loading."
This new deal continues Ericsson's long standing relationship with T-Mobile USA. In 2006, Ericsson expanded its existing network contract with T-Mobile USA to include a nationwide 3G network. In 2010, Ericsson further enhanced T-Mobile USA's network with the deployment of HSPA+ 21 technology, and again in 2011 with HSPA+ 42 technology.