On Monday, MetroPCS Communications, Inc., the fifth largest broadband mobile wireless carrier in the United States based on number of subscribers, announced it has signed a four-year agreement with telecom equipment maker Ericsson to provide microwave backhaul equipment for its broadband mobile networks. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) already provides infrastructure for MetroPCS’s (Richardson, Texas, USA) networks, including its 4G LTE network. Under the four-year agreement, Ericsson will be MetroPCS' primary vendor to deploy microwave backhaul equipment to service MetroPCS' networks, including its 4G  LTE network.
"As our world becomes more connected each day, the demands on mobile broadband networks are higher than ever before," says Angel Ruiz, head of Ericsson's North American operations.
Ericsson's customized microwave backhaul solution for MetroPCS will include: a microwave transmission node, capable of handling single hops and access sites as well as advanced hub sites for large networks, optimized for traffic aggregation and capacity savings; an all-outdoor MINI-LINK product optimized for packet networks, using native Ethernet over microwave; and a multi-access aggregation platform providing a seamless migration path to the next-generation packet-switched networks.