Ericsson inks deal to deploy 5G infrastructure in Alaska

| June 19, 2019

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Alaska’s largest telecommunications operator, GCI, has selected Ericsson for the deployment of 5G infrastructure, the vendor said in a release. Ericsson said that the deployment of 5G technology will accelerate applications for the oil, gas, mining and healthcare industries across Alaska. GCI said it expects to commercially launch 5G services in Alaska during 2020. As part of the deal, GCI will deploy Ericsson’s 3GPP standards-based 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software to 82 macro cell sites across the municipality of Anchorage. Those sites will be supported by backhaul services provided by GCI’s metro fiber network. “We are committed to providing superior 5G wireless service to the residents of Anchorage just as we already provide the fastest internet service, said GCI CEO Ron Duncan. “The combination of our assets and Ericsson’s industry-leading 5G solution will increase the capacity of our Anchorage wireless network by 10 times or more and also provide better coverage. All of our customers will benefit from this increase in capacity.

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