Following its failed merger with AT&T, T-Mobile USA has some big holes to fill on its network upgrade path. The carrier announced that Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks will both supply equipment for its $4bn network upgrades.
The multi-year agreements with both network vendors will enable T-Mobile USA to launch LTE coverage next year, the carrier adds. Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks will provide and install new Release 10 equipment at 37,000 cell sites across the carrier’s current network. As the new equipment comes online later this year, T-Mobile’s network will have increased signal quality and better performance.
T-Mobile also says it expects to be the first carrier in North America to broadly deploy antenna integrated radios.
“We’re making great progress on our four billion dollar 4G network transformation,” says Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “With these partners on board and the AT&T AWS spectrum secured, we’re on track to enhance our 4G experience this year and deliver nationwide LTE in 2013.”