Liberty Latin America has chosen Ericsson as its sole mobile core network vendor in a major network modernization drive. The three-year deal will see Ericsson deploying virtualized and cloud-based mobile core network solutions to serve the regional Liberty Latin America market.
Deployment is expected to get underway in the second half of 2020 to benefit LLA’s regional operations, specifically Puerto Rico, Panama, and the Caribbean islands. LLA’s core networks will be completely virtualized at the end of the three-year project.
The deployment will include Ericsson Cloud Packet Core, Cloud Unified Data Management and Policy, Cloud Voice over LTE (VoLTE), Ericsson Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) and Network Manager solutions.
Vivek Khemka, Chief Technology and Product Officer, Liberty Latin America, says: “Current circumstances have shown the importance of resilient, high-speed networks. Deploying a new virtualized core network across the region will allow us to be ready for our customers’ changing needs. We continue to invest and modernize our network across the region to ensure better voice quality, higher data speeds, lower latency, data security and increased network resiliency, improving our customer experiences. The extension of our strategic partnership with Ericsson consolidates our commitment to the development of a new generation of services that will provide a greater experience for our customers in the region.”
Arun Bansal, President of Europe and Latin America, Ericsson, says: “With our leading global portfolio, we are the right choice for the Caribbean and Latin America. We are incredibly pleased to be the sole partner working with Liberty Latin America on bringing our core network to LLA’s markets. With our combined dedication to reliable networks and our forward-thinking strategies for the region, we are perfectly placed to bring the next generation of connectivity to the public."
He adds: ”Working closely to modernize networks, we will not only be paving the way for technology shifts but ensuring a more sustainable and innovation-driven future for the region.”