Swedish vendor Ericsson has been selected by US-based MetroPCS to supply equipment and services which will be used to transform the latter’s distributed nationwide evolved Packet Core network. The transformation, Ericsson has noted, will enhance key services including high-speed data, voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and Rich Communication Services (RCS) for MetroPCS customers across the United States. Under the terms of the deal, Ericsson will serve as the project’s prime integrator and will take responsibility for design, installation and commissioning, as well as post-launch customer support. The LTE core transformation will reportedly be deployed by implementing Ericsson’s end-to-end solution, which includes: Evolved Packet Gateway (EPG) on the SSR 8000 family of Smart Service Routers, which will address the stability of LTE networks via scalability in the data and control planes; Mobility Management Entity (MME) on the Ericsson Blade System, MkVIII platform, which will ensure the capability to meet aggressive growth predictions in terms of the number of connected devices; and integrated multi-technology operations support systems, to allow enhanced network performance to support real-time operations, while lowering total cost of ownership with lower power consumption and a reduced footprint.
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