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REGIONAL OPERATORS CALL ON ERICSSON TO BRING THE POWER OF NEXT-GENERATION LTE NETWORKS TO THEIR CUSTOMERS

  • LTE networks bring faster speeds and new services to customers of regional operators
  • Growth in LTE subscriptions in response to strong consumer demand for next-generation networks
  • 50 percent of LTE connections worldwide are in North America

NEW YORK, March 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ericsson (Nasdaq:ERIC) continues to lead the way in helping regional mobile operators bring the next-generation of technology to consumers and businesses in markets of any size. Ericsson provides LTE network infrastructure that meets the growing demand for high-performing and cost-efficient networks that deliver the best user experience - in the home, office or on the road with a tablet or smartphone.

Regional operators that have recently selected Ericsson to enhance their networks with LTE include:

  • Cellcom (Wisconsin) - LTE Enhanced Packet Core and RAN network covering central and northern Wisconsin
  • Chariton Valley (Missouri) - LTE network covering northeast Missouri
  • Dickey Rural Networks (North Dakota) - LTE network providing wireless broadband services to south central North Dakota
  • Flat Wireless, LLC. d/b/a ClearTalk (Texas) - LTE network for mobile wireless broadband covering west Texas, Yuma, AZ, and El Centro, CA as a member of the NetAmerica Alliance
  • Glenwood Telecommunications Inc. (Nebraska) - LTE network providing wireless broadband services to south central Nebraska
  • GTA Teleguam (Guam) - Packet Core upgrade and LTE network overlay on the island of Guam
  • Infrastructure Networks, Inc. - (North Dakota) - LTE network designed to meet the needs of the Energy Industry in the Bakken Oil Formation for its M2M requirements.
  • Ketchikan Public Utilities (Alaska) - LTE network covering southwest Alaska
  • Panhandle Telecommunication Systems, Inc., dba PTCI (Oklahoma) - UMTS and LTE network for mobility to cover the Oklahoma panhandle
  • Rainbow Communications (Kansas) - LTE network connected to NewCore Wireless serving northeast Kansas
  • Sully Telephone (Iowa) - LTE network providing wireless broadband services to south central Iowa

Steven K. Berry, President and CEO of CCA said, "I am excited that smaller rural and regional carriers have access to network build-out solutions through partners like Ericsson. Competitive carriers must have a clear pathway forward to 4G LTE to continue to compete and thrive in the industry, and I'm very pleased that Ericsson, a longtime member and supporter of CCA, is working with our members to help them find solutions to these very significant challenges."

Ericsson is the market leader in LTE globally with more than double the traffic of its closest competitor. In the United States and Canada, there were more than 100 million LTE subscriptions at the end of 2013, accounting for 50 percent of the global LTE subscriptions.

"LTE continues to grow rapidly and will make up around 85 percent of all mobile subscriptions in North America by 2019," said Craig Stein, head of Broadband and Media Accounts for Ericsson in North America. "We work closely with our regional operator customers to ensure that customers in every market have access to the exciting new services and superior quality that new networks enable."

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