- Network will meet growing data and voice needs of Southern Company’s electric utilities
- Ericsson to provide Evolved Packet Core, RBS 6000 multi-standard radio base stations and radio access network, along with full deployment services
- Agreement extends Ericsson leadership in LTE networks in the United States
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC, news, filings) has been selected by SouthernLINC Wireless, a Southern Company (NYSE: SO), to serve as the sole infrastructure vendor in the construction of the company's future 4G LTE network. The network is designed to serve the high-speed wireless data and voice needs of Southern Company's electric utilities.
SouthernLINC Wireless is an Atlanta-based regional wireless carrier with network coverage in the major metro and rural areas of Alabama, Georgia, southeast Mississippi and northwest Florida.
Planning and design for the 4G LTE 800 MHz network is now in progress. Construction will begin in 2015 and the network should be fully operational by 2018.
Ericsson will provide a complete Evolved Packet Core (EPC) – the core network of the LTE system. The EPC includes an Evolved Packet Gateway on the SSR 8000 family and Mobility Management Entity. In addition, the radio access network will include the RBS 6000 multi-standard base station portfolio. The agreement also includes services for network rollout, integration and support, deployment services and network management.
Angel Ruiz, Head of Ericsson North America, says: "Ericsson has built a deep understanding of delivering LTE networks across the United States. We are excited to work with SouthernLINC Wireless to help them provide reliable, high-quality 4G services to the electric utilities they serve."
Ericsson is the market leader in LTE network technology, providing high-performance networks that offer a superior user experience to consumers and businesses.
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About SouthernLINC Wireless
SouthernLINC Wireless, a Southern Company (NYSE: SO), is an Atlanta-based regional wireless carrier with network coverage in the major metro and rural areas of Alabama, Georgia, southeast Mississippi and northwest Florida. SouthernLINC Wireless combines multiple communication options, including Push To Talk two-way radio (PTT), cellular service, wireless Internet access, wireless data, and text and picture messaging, into one hand-held device. For more information, please call 1-800-818-LINC (5462) or visit www.southernlinc.com.
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