Regional US mobile operator Nex-Tech Wireless, which serves Kansas and the Mid-West, has signed a contract with Ericsson to upgrade its networks to support 5G technology. The cellco will roll out 600MHz 5G-capable sites in specific markets, with Ericsson providing 3GPP standards-based 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software capabilities, together with virtual EPC upgrades of the Cloud Core network. The vendor will also upgrade Nex-Tech’s networks with VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling functionality, the press release notes.
TeleGeography notes that Nex-Tech Wireless is owned by Nex-Tech Inc/Rural Telephone alongside Golden Belt Telephone, Tri-County Telephone and Mutual Telephone. The cellular unit launched in October 2005 and activated a CDMA EV-DO Rev. A network in 2007. In 2013 the cellco upgraded its networks to support LTE technology and Ericsson was responsible for deploying 350 LTE cell sites across the Mid-West. Parent company Nex-Tech offers fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) to 60 communities in Kansas and claims to be the first US company to deploy a FTTH solution.