By upgrading its TDMA networks in the 850 MHz band, Centennial Communications' US Wireless Operation will be able to offer its customers advanced wireless services that are compatible with its two largest roaming partners, AT&T Wireless and Cingular Wireless. The upgrade also gives Centennial Wireless a roadmap for providing advanced mobile voice and data services in the future.

"Ericsson looks forward to helping Centennial Communications' US Wireless Operations bring seamless GSM/GPRS coverage to the cities and rural areas throughout its footprint," said Angel Ruiz, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ericsson Inc. "Besides quality voice coverage, this upgrade shows our progress in making wireless data services available to users who live beyond major metropolitan areas."

"After an exhaustive review process, we are pleased to partner with Ericsson in this exciting network upgrade." said Phillip H. Mayberry, President of Centennial's US Wireless Operations. "We will soon be able to offer our US Wireless customers a full array of wireless data services as well as the form factor and functionality of GSM phones."

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.