Ericsson partners with MetroPCS for 4G/LTE deal

Dallas-based wireless supplier MetroPCS has selected Ericsson as equipment supplier for the transformation of its evolved packet core network.

The upgrade is expected to improve services such as high-speed data, VoLTE and Rich Communications Services (RCS) for MetroPCS customers across the US.

As a further result of the upgrade, MetroPCS is anticipated to be able to manage high-capacity needs and save costs as Ericsson allows multiple applications to be consolidated on the same platform.

“From the launch of our first LTE network and now our new core transformation project, Ericsson has long been a key strategic partner,” said Roger Linquist, CEO and chairman of the board at MetroPCS.

“We value the strength of Ericsson's product and service offerings, as well as its ability to provide fast and reliable roll-outs of leading-edge technology.”

Ericsson will reportedly serve as prime integrator of the project and will be responsible for design, installation and commissioning and post-launch customer support.

"Ericsson is pleased to support MetroPCS in transforming its network and enabling the delivery of a greatly enhanced customer experience,” said Angel Ruiz, head of the north American region at Ericsson.