Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ericsson's First Live LTE Network in North America

Ericsson confirmed that it is the primary supplier of LTE infrastructure for MetroPCS and its equipment is being used in the company's Dallas/Fort Worth network. This is Ericsson's first commercial LTE deployment in North America.

Ericsson's full end-to-end LTE solution for MetroPCS includes:

RBS 6000 Base Station -- along with LTE, the software-upgradeable base station supports Wideband CDMA (WCDMA), GSM and GPRS/EDGE.

IP-RAN -- makes it possible for MetroPCS to be the world's first operator to run both CDMA and LTE over a common connection. This simplifies network management and lowers operating costs by allowing MetroPCS to leverage its CDMA and LTE assets and reduces power consumption.

Evolved Packet Core -- Ericsson's Evolved Packet Core solution for MetroPCS includes the Serving GPRS Support Node - Mobility Management Entity (SGSN-MME) and the Converged Packet Gateway (CPG) products. The SGSN-MME is an evolution of Ericsson's SGSN product, upgradeable by software-only means, and providing pooled and triple-access operation. The CPG provides high-quality broadband services for mobile and fixed traffic in the packet core network, and permits consolidated mobile gateway and aggregation router capabilities in a compact platform.

Network Services -- Ericsson has provided MetroPCS with LTE network design, optimization, engineering, implementation, integration and customer support services for the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area.