Ericsson and T-Mobile USA Inc, a member of the T-Mobile International group, the mobile telecommunications subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, today announced an agreement to expand and upgrade the operator’s wireless network to support customer growth and demand for GPRS and higher-speed EDGE data networks. The contract extension is valued at $500 million.
Ericsson will deploy GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications), GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) and EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) 1900 MHz network radio access equipment and associated services in Western Virginia and certain uncovered areas of New England, where T-Mobile is expanding its presence.
Additionally, Ericsson will upgrade and expand T-Mobile USA’s core network infrastructure, radio access equipment and associated services in 18 markets in which Ericsson equipment is already active. Those markets include Atlanta, Boston, Miami, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington DC.
EDGE upgrades will enhance T-Mobile’s capabilities to support new personalised services like two-way text messaging and web browsing. Deliveries under the agreement will begin immediately.