Under the terms of the contract, Ericsson will deploy a complete EDGE-ready GSM/GPRS network throughout First Cellular's coverage area in southern Illinois. In addition, Ericsson will provide installation, engineering, testing and program management support, and optimization services. The contract is the first between the two companies.

"First Cellular is devoted to quality wireless coverage and customer service, and Ericsson looks forward to assist in providing those services to the people of southern Illinois," Ericsson Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Angel Ruiz said. "This is another sign of the progress of advanced wireless services throughout all parts of the country."

"We believe advanced services are important to rural America and First Cellular is pleased to be working with Ericsson in delivering those services to our customers," said Terry Addington, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Cellular of Southern Illinois.
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