Cellular One Selects Ericsson to Upgrade and Expand Network
Ericsson announced that it has been selected by Cellular One to upgrade its entire network to 3G and expand its existing number of base stations by 50%. 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 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 only have access to 2G speeds. 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. The first 3G sites are scheduled to come online within the next six months.
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