By upgrading networks in its 850 MHz, Dobson will be able to offer its customers the latest, most advanced wireless services, including multimedia messaging, location based services, and browsing and software downloading capabilities. Furthermore, the upgrade gives Dobson a roadmap for providing advanced mobile voice and data services in the future.

"Ericsson is proud to begin this new partnership with Dobson Cellular as it continues to bring innovative products and services to its subscribers," Ericsson Inc. President and CEO Angel Ruiz. "With the progress carriers such as Dobson are making in the rural mobile sector, it's clear that advanced services won't be limited to major metropolitan areas."

"Dobson is committed to providing its rural U.S. customers with the most advanced wireless services available, and this agreement supports that commitment," said Tim Duffy, senior vice president and chief technical officer, Dobson Communications. "It also helps us maintain continued seamless technology compatibility with our two largest roaming partners, AT&T Wireless and Cingular Wireless."
Ericsson GSM/GPRS radio access equipment is fully integrated for the 850 MHz band. That distinction makes it easier and quicker to perform simple network maintenance and troubleshooting functions, thus reducing the cost of network operation. Ericsson's GSM macro base stations, which are easily upgraded to EDGE, represent more than 30 percent of all GSM base stations installed globally.