GCI expands rural networks

5 Jun 2007

Alaskan telco General Communication (GCI) has awarded a USD20.7 million contract to Globecomm Systems for the installation of wireless links to 200 rural villages. The system will initially be deployed using GSM equipment, but has been designed to be easily upgradeable to various other technologies, including 3G, CDMA and WiMAX. The network will combine Globecomm’s SatCell switching solution with UTStarcom’s MovingMedia 2000 cellular softswitch platform and Vanu’s Anywave Radio Access Network. GCI is Alaska’s largest internet provider and claims 45% of the state’s long-distance telephony market, offering services via PSTN, cable, wireless and satellite networks.

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