Posted: September 23, 2014

Ericsson has been selected to provide equipment and services to help T-Mobile continue expanding its nationwide 4G LTE network, improve in-building, highway and rural performance, and expand the availability of high-quality VoLTE services, which offer faster call setup times than a non-VoLTE call, and enable customers to access the LTE network for data services during a voice call.

The contract is an expansion of T-Mobile’s groundbreaking 2012 network transformation project with Ericsson and includes RBS 6000 base station equipment, installation and  integration of 700,1900 and 1700/2100 MHz LTE-Advanced radio sites and tuning services.

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Neville Ray, CTO of T-Mobile US, says: “We are constantly working to enhance and grow our network for our customers. With the help of Ericsson LTE equipment and services, not only have we rolled out the fastest nationwide LTE network in the US in record time, we’re able to continue advancing voice and data performance at an unprecedented pace.”

T-Mobile is the first U.S. wireless carrier to deploy enhanced Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (eSRVCC) technology, which enables a seamless handover of VoLTE calls in LTE to existing 2G or 3G networks, ensuring a customer’s experience is seamless[1]. As voice remains a critical service for LTE networks, Ericsson has delivered its Session Border Gateway (SBG) and Ericsson Media Resource System (MRS) to support voice handovers using eSRVCC.

As T-Mobile expands its lineup of devices that can support handover of voice calls between LTE and Wi-Fi, Ericsson has enabled Wi-Fi calling through its evolved Packet Data Gateway (ePDG)1and interoperates with T-Mobile’s existing IP Multimedia System and Evolved Packet Core network infrastructure.

Additionally, Ericsson’s Services organization will help T-Mobile achieve OPEX reduction through the decommissioning of MetroPCS sites and ecological repurposing or recycling of removed site material.

Angel Ruiz, Head of Ericsson North America, says: “We are pleased to provide T-Mobile with both equipment and services to support its dedication to innovation and rapid deployment plans.”

Ericsson is the market leader in LTE. Today, 50 percent of the world’s LTE smartphone traffic is served by Ericsson networks, more than double the traffic of the closest competitor.

To meet the growing demand for mobile broadband, Ericsson is delivering LTE-Advanced solutions to expand LTE coverage and capacity. These include carrier aggregation for delivering high-speed mobile data across the network, advanced antenna technologies for better coverage and cell data throughput, and small cell integration to deliver real network performance within heterogeneous networks, in addition to other LTE enhancements.

Ericsson has supported the majority of the world’s first commercial VoLTE launches and is the market leader in Evolved Packet Core with more than 150 commercial contracts in 70 countries and has more than 115 commercial IMS contracts.

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