Specifically, Ericsson will serve as the project's prime integrator with responsibility for design, installation and commissioning, and post-launch customer support.
The LTE core transformation will be deployed by implementing Ericsson's end-to-end solution, which includes:
- Evolved Packet Gateway (EPG) on the SSR 8000 family of Smart Service Routers - a highly scalable IP service-delivery platform that enables deployment of critical IP-edge applications, addressing the stability of LTE networks via scalability in the data and control planes
- Mobility Management Entity (MME) on the Ericsson Blade System, MkVIII platform - offering superior scalability and extending capabilities to meet aggressive growth predictions in terms of the number of connected devices
- Integrated multi-technology operations support systems - allowing mobile operators to enhance network performance to support real-time operations, while lowering total cost of ownership with lower power consumption and a reduced footprint.
"From the launch of our first LTE network and now our new core transformation project, Ericsson has long been a key strategic partner. We value the strength of Ericsson's product and service offerings, as well as its ability to provide fast and reliable rollouts of leading-edge technology," stated Roger D. Linquist, CEO and Chairman of the Board of MetroPCS.
- In January 2012, MetroPCS has selected Ericsson as primary vendor for microwave backhaul equipment under a new four-year contract. Ericsson is also a key infrastructure provider for the company's networks, including its LTE network.