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US Cellular picks Ericsson for 5G; adds private LTE core for public safety

February 28, 2019

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BARCELONA — U.S. Cellular will build out its 5G network with Ericsson equipment, and the carrier also is targeting public safety users with prioritized network access and preemption services and the ability to segment first responders’ traffic via a private network core.

The carrier, which has an existing vendor relationship with Ericsson, signed a multi-year deal with the Swedish vendor for 5G New Radio equipment.

Michael Irizarry, EVP and CTO for U.S. Cellular, said that the carrier “[values]our long-standing relationship with Ericsson and are impressed with their 5G-ready portfolio.

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