Ericsson helps expand T-Mobile’s faster mobile broadband network to 170 million Americans

2011-07-14 Categories: Corporate

  • Ericsson helps expand T-Mobile USA’s HSPA+ 42 network, doubling theoretical peak download speeds up to 42Mbps
  • Adds a new dimension to the mobile broadband experience with faster video streaming, file downloads and web browsing
  • Helps achieve T-Mobile’s goal of expanding HSPA+ 42 Mbps to more than 170 million people

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) today announced the company has partnered with T-Mobile USA, Inc. to expand portions of the company’s 4G (HSPA+) mobile broadband network, making theoretical peak speeds up to 42 Mbps available to more than 170 million people across the United States. Supporting T-Mobile’s aggressive rollout plan of doubling its network speeds by mid-2011, the expansion allows T-Mobile customers to experience faster video streaming, file downloads and web browsing.

“As we build toward a networked society in which any device that benefits from a connection will have one, faster mobile broadband speeds and more data capacity are essential,” said Angel Ruiz, head of Ericsson North America. “With this expansion to HSPA+ 42 Mbps, Ericsson and T-Mobile USA add to the companies’ long history of partnership.”

By building upon current HSPA networks, HSPA+ technology can achieve enhanced performance speeds and is capable of meeting operator demands for increased capacity and end-user demands for higher data rates. It also offers operators a viable network expansion alternative as consumer demand for mobile broadband continues to grow. Ericsson estimates mobile broadband subscriptions will number nearly 5 billion by 2016.

“In cooperation with Ericsson, we’re now able to provide access to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 Mbps network to even more customers,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “Ericsson is a crucial partner in the expansion of our HSPA+ network, which allows us to offer customers increased 4G speeds, network capacity and reliability.”

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Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 2 billion subscribers and has the leading position in managed services. The company’s portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Ericsson is advancing its vision of being the “prime driver in an all-communicating world” through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 180 countries, more than 90,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 203.3 billion (USD 28.2 billion) in 2010. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.

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