By Telecom Lead America: T-Mobile USA has selected Ericsson
and Nokia Siemens Networks for its new $4 billion worth 4G network
project, including network modernization and deployment of long term evolution
(LTE) service in 2013.
Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks will provide and install
Release 10 capable equipment at 37,000 cell sites across T-Mobile’s 4G network,
increasing signal quality and enhancing performance beginning in 2012.
T-Mobile will be the first carrier in North America to
broadly deploy antenna integrated radios, enabling accelerated deployment and
reduced site loading. T-Mobile plans to have the network live next year,
covering 75 percent of the 25 largest cities.
T-Mobile USA will deploy Ericsson’s AIR technology, enabling
the carrier to improve existing coverage and quickly launch LTE. 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 will use radio frequencies handed over by AT&T after the bigger company backed off its deal
to buy T-Mobile due to opposition from federal regulators.
We’re making great progress on our four billion dollar 4G
network transformation. With these partners on board and the AT&T AWS
spectrum secured, we’re on track to enhance our 4G experience this year and
deliver nationwide LTE in 2013,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer,
T-Mobile picks OnMobile to provide contact engine for
Recently, T-Mobile selected VAS provider OnMobile
Global to offer the contact synchronization engine for T-Mobile USA’s
Android-based wireless phones and tablets. OnMobile currently provides the web
user interface for T-Mobile’s MobileLife online contacts, and the sync engine
and Personal Information Manager (PIM) for T-Mobile USA’s MobileLife Contacts.