Ericsson trumpets mobile core network win from Liberty Latin America

Sweden-based vendor says the three-year deal will focus on implementing virtualized and cloud-based mobile core network solutions to prepare the operator for new technologies.

Anne Morris, Contributing Editor, Light Reading

June 29, 2020

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Ericsson trumpets mobile core network win from Liberty Latin America

Ericsson flagged a three-year deal with Liberty Latin America (LLA) that will see the vendor provide virtualized and cloud-based mobile core network solutions throughout the operator's footprint in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Deployment is expected to start in the second half of 2020, with a specific focus on Puerto Rico, Panama and the Caribbean islands. LLA's core networks will be completely virtualized at the end of the three-year project, Ericsson claimed.

The new contract is the latest in a steady stream of mobile network deals that Ericsson has been picking in recent months, as opposition grows to the use of equipment from one of its biggest rivals, Huawei.

Although the contract with LLA does not mention 5G, the mobile network core has become a political hot potato whatever generation it's in. Ericsson noted that it will deploy its cloud packet core, cloud unified data management and policy, cloud voice over LTE (VoLTE), network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVI) and network manager technologies.

LLA owns Cable & Wireless Communications, which operates under the consumer brands Flow, UTS, Más Móvil, and BTC in the Caribbean, Panama and Bahamas, respectively; VTR GlobalCom in Chile; Cabletica in Costa Rica; and Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico. The group spun off from parent Liberty Global two years ago, and it is in the process of acquiring AT&T's wireline and wireless operations in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands. That nearly $2 billion deal is expected to close by June 30.

LLA has already revealed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations, both in terms of financial costs and a surge in traffic over both its wireline and wireless networks. It also previously indicated that it remains on track to upgrade or expand its footprint to 500,000 homes throughout the region this year.

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— Anne Morris, Contributing Editor, Light Reading

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Anne Morris

Contributing Editor, Light Reading

Anne Morris is a freelance journalist, editor and translator. She has been working in the telecommunications sector since 1996, when she joined the London-based team of Communications Week International as copy editor. Over the years she held the editor position at Total Telecom Online and Total Tele-com Magazine, eventually leaving to go freelance in 2010. Now living in France, she writes for a number of titles and also provides research work for analyst companies.

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