NetAmerica Offers Ericsson 4G LTE Mobile Broadband Router
NetAmerica an Alliance of small telecom services providers has selected Ericsson’s 4G LTE (Long-term Evolution) Mobile Broadband Router as it choice device for providing 4G services. The solution was made possible through a technology partnership between both organization last year. The router will be marketed by NetAmerica as the Uniport Home Gateway. As a multi-access device Uniport facilitate Voice (VOIP), Data and multi-media services to households.
Rural communities have been left without access to faster broadband because of their location and population density. Therefore, the use of 4G LTE has become the preferred option for providing initial and faster broadband access to these communities. The use of 4G LTE is expected to offer comparable speed to wired broadband speed.
The UniPort Home Gateway features above its 4G LTE Wireless access, wired Ethernet, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and standard telephone access (RJ-11). It has built in firewall, web-access management, encryption; it acts as a DNS and DHCP server with support for DHCP relay. UniPort is also available with various external antennas to allow customers to get service in hard to reach rural areas.
So far the Peoples Telephone Cooperative (a NetAmerica Alliance member) has replaced it WiMAX infrastructure with 4G and has started deploying the UniPort Home Gateway in rural Texas. “We needed to move from WiMAX to 4G LTE in order to improve our service offering and give us a path to the future”, said Steven Steele, Assistant General Manager at Peoples Telephone Cooperative.