Liberty Latin America Picks Ericsson for Virtualized and Cloud-based Mobile Core Network Solutions

Ericsson | June 29, 2020

Liberty Latin America Picks Ericsson for Virtualized and Cloud-based Mobile Core Network Solutions
Liberty Latin America has chosen Ericsson as its sole mobile core network vendor in a major network modernization drive. The three-year deal will see Ericsson deploying virtualized and cloud-based mobile core network solutions to serve the regional Liberty Latin America market. Deployment is expected to get underway in the second half of 2020 to benefit LLA’s regional operations, specifically Puerto Rico, Panama, and the Caribbean islands. LLA’s core networks will be completely virtualized at the end of the three-year project. The deployment will include Ericsson Cloud Packet Core, Cloud Unified Data Management and Policy, Cloud Voice over LTE (VoLTE), Ericsson Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) and Network Manager solutions.

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