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GCI selects Ericsson for 5G New Radio rollout in Alaska for consumers and businesses
Ericsson has been selected by GCI, Alaska’s telecommunications company, to build the USA’s northernmost 5G network in Anchorage, Alaska. This is scheduled to launch in 2020, and marks Ericsson’s 22nd publicly announced5G contract.
As part of the announcement, GCI will deploy Ericsson’s 3GPP standards-based 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software to 82 macro cell sites across the Municipality of Anchorage. Those sites will be supported by backhaul services provided by GCI’s metro fiber network.
Ron Duncan, CEO, GCI, says: “We are committed to providing superior 5G wireless service to the residents of Anchorage just as we already provide the fastest internet service. We are bringing all our assets – fiber, spectrum, wireless footprint, Alaska expertise – to bear on that commitment. The combination of our assets and Ericsson’s industry-leading 5G solution will increase the capacity of our Anchorage wireless network by 10 times or more and also provide better coverage. All of our customers will benefit from this increase in capacity.”
Börje Ekholm, president and CEO, Ericsson, says: “Ericsson and GCI have partnered over the past decade to connect customers in some of the most remote communities in Alaska. We are pleased to continue working with GCI to bring 5G service to Alaska’s biggest city. The introduction of 5G will create a powerful platform for innovation. Using 5G, new use cases benefitting society, consumers and enterprises, will be created. Consumers will benefit from a premium experience with faster speeds and better coverage, while new wireless functionality will accelerate applications for the oil and gas, mining and healthcare industry across Alaska.”
GCI’s 5G deployment will support local government efforts to grow the northernmost smart city in the US. The Municipality of Anchorage already uses a “light grid” to improve efficiency for municipal street lights and is exploring programs that rely on automated systems and connectivity to deliver services more efficiently to residents. The project will be completed in 2020 with GCI’s initial 5G service coming online in the first half of the year.
GSMA announces first keynote speakers for 2019 “MWC Los Angeles, in partnership with CTIA”
The GSMA announced the first confirmed speakers for the third gathering of MWC19 Los Angeles taking place October 22-24, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Centre. The GSMA also released additional event details including new programs, exhibitors and participating companies.
“The mobile industry touches the lives of billions of people around the world, and with the arrival of 5G, it is once again changing consumer behaviour and business models across the globe,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA. “MWC19 Los Angeles will showcase a range of transformative use cases of the latest mobile technology across the industry’s vast ecosystem and adjacent sectors, exploring today’s new possibilities.”
Leading executives to keynote
The GSMA announced the first global leaders to keynote as part of MWC19 Los Angeles’ three-day conference program including:
- Tess Posner, CEO, AI4ALL
- Meredith Attwell Baker, president and CEO, CTIA
- Niklas Heuveldop, senior vice president and head of Market Area North America, Ericsson
- Mats Granryd, director general, GSMA
- Kenneth R. Meyers, president and CEO, U.S. Cellular and chairman, CTIA
- Tami Erwin, executive vice president and Group CEO, Verizon Business
- Robert M. Bakish, president and CEO, Viacom
In addition to the keynote program, the MWC19 Los Angeles conference will offer 27 track sessions on transformational technologies under the four main themes of 5G, IoT, AI and Immersive Content. Topic breakouts include:
- 5G: economics, edge computing, industrial IoT, spectrum and network slicing;
- IoT: transportation, collaborative intelligence and security;
- AI: ethics, blockchain, disruptive innovation and data analytics; and
- Immersive Content: AR/VR, live entertainment, content creation, distribution, gaming, sports and entertainment, among other topic areas.
Executives and industry experts confirmed to speak in the conference sessions include:
- Andre Feutsch, CTO, AT&T
- Arvind Purushotham, managing director and global head of Venture Investing, Citi Ventures
- Darcy Antonellis, CEO, Vubiquity
- Dave O’Flanagan, CEO and co-founder, Boxever
- John Saw, CTO, Sprint
- Larry O’Reilly, CEO, ARHT Media
- Mary O’Neill, vice president security, Nokia
- Michael Sherwood, director Information Technology and chief innovation officer, City of Las Vegas
- Scott Casey, CTO, Greystar
- Yvette Martinez, CEO North America, ESL
The “Government and Public Policy” track led by CTIA will feature leading policymakers and industry experts exploring how decisions on spectrum, infrastructure and regulatory policy affect investment and innovation. For more information on the MWC19 Los Angeles conference program, click here.
4YFN startup event
The 4YFN (Four Years from Now) startup event will span the three-day show and focus on the technology industry’s biggest growth areas of connectivity, media and entertainment, artificial intelligence and Tech4Good, addressing social impact and diversity. The startup event brings together innovative companies and investors, to facilitate future joint ventures and partnerships. A key highlight of the event is the 4YFN Los Angeles Awards, where five finalist startups will compete for the recognition in front of judges and an attendee audience.
The GSMA today announced Karix as a 4YFN Gold Sponsor. For more information on 4YFN, click here
First Women4Tech speakers announced
The MWC19 Los Angeles Women4Tech Summit, designed to address and reduce the persistent gender gap in the mobile industry, will showcase the companies and best practices that are making gender diversity a business imperative. Women4Tech session topics include the future of female leaders in the U.S.; how to inspire girls and women to join STEM careers; and female entrepreneurship, among others.
The first confirmed Women4Tech speakers include executives from major brands including:
- Shelley Zalis, CEO and founder, The Female Quotient
- Shruti Jain, head of Business Development, North America, Google
- Namrata Sharma, director – head Semiconductor Market Segment, HCL
For more information on Women4Tech, click here.
Additional participating companies announced
The GSMA announced new exhibitors and participating companies for MWC19 Los Angeles, among them Alpha, Altair Semiconductor, AMD, Award Solutions, BadVR, BearingPoint, CBRS Alliance, Couchbase, HCL Technologies, Kraix, Motorola Mobility, OPPO, Remade, Samsung, Smith Micro, Syniverse and Xfinity Mobile.
They join previously announced participating companies Amazon, Amdocs, American Tower, ARM, Cisco, Corning Optical Communications, DARPA, Ericsson, G+D Mobile Security, Gemalto, gsmExchange, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, JMA Wireless, KORE Wireless, Mastercard, Mavenir, Netcracker Technology, Nokia, Qualcomm, Sprint, Synchronoss, T-Mobile, Verizon, VMWare and Xiaomi. For more information on the MWC19 exhibition, click here.
Partner program at MWC19 Los Angeles
MWC19 Los Angeles partner programs will offer a broad agenda of learning and networking sessions for attendees across the three days of the show. Partner programs include The Besen Group, Blancco, CBRS, Conduent, Fierce Wireless, Light Reading, Netcracker, Sinch and TIA, while mGage and Netcomm Wireless will present Power Hour sessions. A total of 10 IoT and 5G Talks are confirmed for MWC19 Los Angeles. Today, the GSMA also announced James Brehm as an Affiliate Partner and Award Solutions as the Technology Training Partner.
For more information on MWC19 Los Angeles partner program, click here.
DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge details announced
MWC19 Los Angeles will host the live championship event of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) on October 23 on the Keynote Stage.
The GSMA announced Grant Imahara, well known for his work on the hit Discovery series MythBusters and Netflix series White Rabbit Project, will serve as the championship event’s master of ceremonies, providing commentary alongside DARPA and industry experts.
Imahara will guide the audience through several stages of the competition, culminating in the high-energy final match-up between top teams to determine the recipient of the $2 million grand prize. The SC2 finale is free to attend and open to all MWC19 Los Angeles attendees as well as the general public. Registration for this featured event will open in July.
For more information on SC2, including DARPA on site at MWC19 Los Angeles click here
Get involved at MWC19 Los Angeles
More information on MWC19 Los Angeles, including how to attend, exhibit or sponsor, is available here. Follow developments and updates on MWC on Twitter @GSMAEvents using #MWC19, on our LinkedIn MWC page and on Facebook.