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October 31, 2011

Ericsson and Open Mobile Sign Latin America's First 4G/LTE Contract

Open Mobile, Puerto Rico's leading operator, has selected Ericsson to supply, deploy and manage its nationwide network.

Thanks to this, people in Puerto Rico will be able to enjoy a superior experience in data applications, including Internet surfing, online gaming, social media and video conferencing.

As part of the pact, Ericsson will not only roll out a complete 4G/LTE solution, but will also assist the operation of Open Mobile newly deployed LTE network.

"Being at the forefront of broadband evolution means our customers in Puerto Rico will be the first in Latin America to benefit from this groundbreaking technology,” said Frank Bell, president of Open Mobile, in a statement.

Bell said that the company appreciates having a partner in Ericsson with proven experience and knowledge to deploy this first LTE network in the region.

He said that this is a key step towards bringing to the customers the fastest mobile broadband network.

"We are in a unique position with our global LTE leadership. Having worked closely with Open Mobile to plan its LTE rollout, we are proud to bring the next generation of mobile broadband to Puerto Rico,” said Sergio Quiroga, head of Ericsson in Latin America.

Quiroga said that the company’s world-class services and LTE network will enable Open Mobile to continue to deliver a superior end-user experience to its customers.

Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators.

The contract includes radio access and core network with latest-generation multi standard radio base station, RBS 6000 series, MME and and Mobile Backhaul with MINI-LINK TN and MINI-LINK SP. The network rollout has started.

Neville Cruz, CTO, Open Mobile said that Ericsson's global experience and vision surrounding 4G LTE were significant reasons for selecting them as the company’s key infrastructure partner. 

“Our companies have worked closely to rapidly build a high-quality 4G LTE network.  As we continue to roll out 4G LTE network in our metropolitan areas in the remainder of 2011 and early 2012, we plan to leverage Ericsson's technology leadership to bring our customers an exciting mobile broadband experience," said Cruz.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for MobilityTechzone. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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