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Sweden : GCI selects Ericsson for 5G rollout in Alaska

Publish Date : 20-Jun-2019

Ericsson has been selected by GCI, Alaskas largest telecommunications company, to build the nations northernmost 5G network in Anchorage, Alaska scheduled to launch in 2020. This marks Ericssons 22nd publicly announced 5G contract. As part of the announcement, GCI will deploy Ericssons 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 GCIs metro fiber network.

Ron Duncan, CEO, GCI, says: We are committed to providing superior 5G wireless service to the residents of Anchorage just as we already provide the fastest internet service. We are bringing all our assets fiber, spectrum, wireless footprint, Alaska expertise to bear on that commitment. The combination of our assets and Ericssons 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.

Brje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson, says: Ericsson and GCI have partnered over the past decade to connect customers in some of the most remote communities in Alaska. We are pleased to continue working with GCI to bring 5G service to Alaskas biggest city. The introduction of 5G will create a powerful platform for innovation. Using 5G, new use cases benefitting society, consumers and enterprises, will be created. Consumers will benefit from a premium experience with faster speeds and better coverage, while new wireless functionality will accelerate applications for the oil and gas, mining and healthcare industry across Alaska.

GCIs 5G deployment will support local government efforts to grow the northernmost smart city in the US. The Municipality of Anchorage already uses a light grid to improve efficiency for municipal street lights and is exploring programs that rely on automated systems and connectivity to deliver services more efficiently to residents. The project will be completed in 2020 with GCIs initial 5G service coming online in the first half of the year.

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