Ericsson Lands Contract to Upgrade Centennial Communications' US Wireless Network.Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
STOCKHOLM, Sweden--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 9, 2003
Centennial Communications Centennial Communications (NASDAQ: CYCL) and its subsidiaries (Centennial Wireless (U.S.), Centennial Dominicana and Centennial de Puerto Rico) provide wireless and broadband telecommunications services to wireless telephone subscribers in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Corp.'s (NASDAQ NASDAQ
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U.S. market for over-the-counter securities. Established in 1971 by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), NASDAQ is an automated quotation system that reports on :CYCL) US Wireless Operation has selected Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) as its sole supplier for upgrading its digital wireless network with EDGE-ready 850 MHz (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc. GSM/GPRS radio access and core network equipment. Deployment under the five-year contract will begin immediately.
By upgrading its TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) A satellite and cellular phone technology that interleaves multiple digital signals onto a single high-speed channel. For cellular, TDMA triples the capacity of the original analog method (FDMA). networks in the 850 MHz band, Centennial Communications' US Wireless Operation will be able to offer its customers advanced wireless services Advanced Wireless Services, also known as AWS-1, is a wireless telecommunications technology, used for mobile data services, video, and messaging. AWS-1 is used in the United States and replaces the spectrum formerly allocated to Multipoint Multichannel Distribution Service, that are compatible with its two largest roaming partners, AT&T Wireless and Cingular Wireless. The upgrade also gives Centennial Wireless Centennial Wireless is a regional wireless telecommunications provider that operates a GSM network in the Midwest states of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana as well as the Southeastern states of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. a roadmap for providing advanced mobile voice and data services in the future.
"Ericsson looks forward to helping Centennial Communications' US Wireless Operations bring seamless GSM/GPRS coverage to the cities and rural areas throughout its footprint," said Angel Ruiz, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ericsson Inc. "Besides quality voice coverage, this upgrade shows our progress in making wireless data services available to users who live beyond major metropolitan areas."
"After an exhaustive review process, we are pleased to partner with Ericsson in this exciting network upgrade." said Phillip H. Mayberry, President of Centennial's US Wireless Operations. "We will soon be able to offer our US Wireless customers a full array of wireless data services as well as the form factor and functionality of GSM phones."
Ericsson GSM/GPRS radio access equipment is fully integrated for the 850 MHz band. That distinction makes it easier and quicker to perform simple network maintenance and troubleshooting functions, thus reducing the cost of network operation. Ericsson's GSM macro base stations, which are easily upgraded to EDGE, represent more than 30 percent of all GSM base stations installed globally.
Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet See broadband. communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.
Read more at http://www.ericsson.com/press.
Centennial is one of the largest independent wireless telecommunications service providers in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. and the Caribbean with approximately 17.1 million Net Pops and approximately 929,700 wireless subscribers. Centennial's U.S. operations have approximately 6.0 million Net Pops in small cities and rural areas. Centennial's Caribbean integrated communications operation owns and operates wireless licenses for approximately 11.1 million Net Pops in Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (pwār`tō rē`kō), island (2005 est. pop. 3,917,000), 3,508 sq mi (9,086 sq km), West Indies, c.1,000 mi (1,610 km) SE of Miami, Fla. , the Dominican Republic and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and provides voice, data, video and Internet services on broadband networks in the region. Welsh, Carson Anderson & Stowe and an affiliate of the Blackstone Group are controlling shareholders of Centennial. For more information regarding Centennial, please visit our websites at www.centennialcom.com and www.centennialpr.com.