Viaero Wireless, a regional telecommunications company that has served parts of the Midwest and western United States for more than 30 years, has selected Ericsson to replace and upgrade its LTE equipment to end-to-end 5G-ready products and solutions, according to a statement from Ericsson. With this modernization, Viaero will be able to offer upgraded mobility and broadband services, which will result in an improved customer experience for their subscribers, Ericsson said.
“We needed a partner that could step up and provide a turnkey solution,” said Frank DiRico, CEO and founder of Viaero. “The key to our success is providing the best possible service to our customers. In addition to Ericsson’s industry-leading products and solutions, we felt that Ericsson had the best team to make this project successful when looking at different technology options.”
With its headquarters in Fort Morgan, Colorado, Viaero is one of the largest U.S. regional carriers in the country, covering parts of Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming and Kansas, Ericsson said. Under the agreement, Ericsson said it would replace core, radio access network (RAN), microwave and router equipment for more than 900 LTE sites in Viaero’s network.
Ericsson said it would provide a cloud-native core and RAN portfolio, microwave and transport solutions. “This robust portfolio of products and solutions will allow Viaero to expand its connectivity footprint, reach more customers and continue delivering high-speed internet to rural America,” the Ericsson statement reads.
“With their large footprint across the heart of the United States, Viaero recognized the need for reliable 5G-ready networks to bring connectivity and digitization to businesses and consumers,” said Niklas Heuveldop, president and head of Ericsson North America.
Don Bishop is executive editor and associate publisher of AGL Magazine.