Nex-Tech Wireless Taps Ericsson for
April 13, 2020
will provide Nex-Tech Wireless, a Kansas-based wireless carrier, 5G
technology in order to help bridge the digital divide. Under the
agreement, Ericsson will provide 5G Evolved Packet Core and Radio Access
Network (RAN) supporting 5G NR Non-standalone (NSA) in key sites in Nex-Tech
Wireless’ coverage areas in Kansas.
Rob Johnson, Head of Customer Unit Regional Carriers for Ericsson North
America, said: “Through our partnership, Nex-Tech Wireless is able to
deliver 5G capabilities including Core and RAN to its subscribers as
they transition from 4G to 5G. We are excited to work with Nex-Tech
Wireless to bring them the best network possible as they make this
To assist Nex-Tech Wireless in bridging the digital divide, Ericsson’s
5G EPC and RAN enhancements will future proof existing customer core
assets via software updates in order to enable support for new use cases
that require improved latency and data throughput guarantees. In
addition, Nex-Tech Wireless will be implementing Ericsson Spectrum
Sharing technology, which will allow the carrier to allocate spectrum
assets efficiently based on traffic demand using existing infrastructure
– enabling a smoother transition to 5G.
Lightle, President and CEO of Nex-Tech Wireless, said: “As we make the
move to 5G, it is critical that we have a seamless experience. Nex-Tech
Wireless is excited to work with Ericsson to deliver that experience and
to bring 5G capabilities to our customers in Kansas.”
Nex-Tech Wireless and Ericsson also signed a deal in September 2019 to
roll out 600 MHz 5G capabilities in key markets. The previous deal
allowed Nex-Tech Wireless to provide Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Wi-Fi
calling services utilizing Ericsson’s cloud-based IP Multimedia
Subsystem (IMS) solution.
Nex-Tech Wireless expects to launch their 5G service by the third
quarter of 2020.