T-Mobile USA will be the first carrier in North America to deploy Ericsson's AIR technology, enabling the carrier to improve existing coverage and quickly launch LTE. T-Mobile USA selected the AIR solution due to the enhanced radio performance and ease of deployment. Ericsson will install the radio, tower and switch room equipment, as well as provide consulting and systems integration and rollout services. Ericsson will also provide turnkey services in the areas of installation, commissioning, integration and migration.
"T-Mobile continues to be at the forefront of 4G innovation and we're excited to continue our long-standing partnership with Ericsson as we modernize our network and deploy LTE in 2013," said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. "By partnering with Ericsson, T-Mobile expects to be the first carrier in the nation to deploy the company's Antenna Integrated Radio technology, enabling accelerated deployment and reduced site loading."
This new deal continues Ericsson's long-standing relationship with T-Mobile USA. In 2006, Ericsson expanded its existing network contract with T-Mobile USA to include a nationwide 3G network. In 2010, Ericsson further enhanced T-Mobile USA's network with the deployment of HSPA+ 21 technology, and again in 2011 with HSPA+ 42 technology.
Ericsson's AIR solution is designed to blend into the environment and closely resemble a traditional antenna although it has built-in active radio units. The benefits include simplified site acquisition and reduction of energy consumption by up to 40-45 percent at typical load, compared to alternative site solutions using standard base stations combined with passive antennas.
Ericsson has signed 46 LTE/EPC contracts in 23 countries on five continents. The global LTE population coverage is 325 million, of which 215 million are covered by Ericsson networks.