Ericsson to transform MetroPCS 4G LTE core network

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* Enhances high-speed data, voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Rich Communication Services for US-based MetroPCS customers

* LTE core transformation allows MetroPCS to handle high-capacity needsand save costs by consolidating multiple applications on the same platform

* Expanded partnership makes Ericsson responsible for design,integration, deployment and post-launch customer support

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has been selected by Dallas-based wireless carrierMetroPCS Communications Inc. as the supplier of equipment and services totransform its distributed nationwide Evolved Packet Core network. Thetransformation will enhance key services including high-speed data, voiceoverLTE (VoLTE) and Rich Communication Services for MetroPCS customers acrosstheUnited States.

This allows MetroPCS to meet the stringent requirements of rapidly evolvingnext-generation LTE networks, handle high-capacity needs and save costs byconsolidating multiple applications on the same platform, all whileenhancingthe experience for its customers.

Ericsson will serve as the project's prime integrator with responsibilityfordesign, installation and commissioning, and post-launch customer support.

Roger D. Linquist, CEO and Chairman of the Board of MetroPCS, says: "Fromthelaunch of our first LTE network and now our new core transformationproject,Ericsson has long been a key strategic partner. We value the strength ofEricsson's product and service offerings, as well as its ability to providefastand reliable rollouts of leading-edge technology."

Angel Ruiz, Head of Region North America, Ericsson, says: "Ericsson ispleasedto support MetroPCS in transforming its network and enabling the deliveryof agreatly enhanced customer experience."

The LTE core transformation will be deployed by implementing Ericsson'send-to-end solution, which includes:

* Evolved Packet Gateway (EPG) on the SSR 8000 family of Smart ServiceRouters - a highly scalable IP service-delivery platform that enablesdeployment of critical IP-edge applications, addressing the stability of LTE networksvia scalability in the data and control planes

* Mobility Management Entity (MME) on the Ericsson Blade System, MkVIII platform - offering superior scalability and extending capabilities tomeet aggressive growth predictions in terms of the number of connecteddevices

* Integrated multi-technology operations support systems - allowingmobile operators to enhance network performance to support real-timeoperations, while lowering total cost of ownership with lower power consumption anda reduced footprint.

NOTES TO EDITORS

MetroPCS selects Ericsson as primary Microwave backhaul equipment provider:

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1580968

Ericsson launches its first LTE network in North America:

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1447673

New MINI-LINK products launched for small cells:

http://www.ericsson.com/us/thecompany/press/releases/2013/02/1679112

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