NetAmerica Alliance has announced that its members are the first service providers to deploy Ericsson’s 4G LTE Mobile Broadband Router in the U.S.
Marketed by the NetAmerica Alliance as the UniPort Home Gateway, it serves as a multi-function gateway between the home or small business and the NetAmerica 4G LTE network. It is declared ready for commercial service.
The UniPort is a mobile broadband router which presents a 4G LTE wireless broadband connection to the network and offers wired Ethernet, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and RJ-11 telephone interfaces toward the customer premise.
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It was developed by Ericsson and is provided to Alliance members through the technology partnership announced between Ericsson and NetAmerica in 2011.
While flexibility and simplicity are stated to be its hallmarks, the UniPort is a dynamic device. It has a DHCP server, supports DHCP relay, a DNS server, built in firewall, security, encryption, web-based management, centralized monitoring, IP routing and supports VoIP for voice services.
In conjunction with NetAmerica’s IMS Super Center, a flexible suite of voice services will be offered, both to conventional telephones (connected to its RJ-11 port) and to IP phones (up to 4) connected via Wi-Fi or via an RJ-45 port.
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The UniPort is also available with various external antennas to enable it to provide robust service in heretofore hard to reach rural locations. Through this single device, residential and small business customers can have full on-premise networking while being connected to the wide area network over a 4G LTE wireless broadband connection.
“Ericsson and NetAmerica continue to work closely together to bring advanced mobile broadband solutions to rural America,” said Craig Stein, EVP & GM, US Regions, Broadband & Media at Ericsson. “Since announcing our technology partnership last year, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that rural citizens have access to advanced applications and solutions.”
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NetAmerica has joined forces with rural independent license holders, that are deploying converged 4G wireless/wireline networks, to provide business and network services including advanced multi-media IP services, 24/7 network monitoring, 4G network elements, and other key services needed to build the converged network of the future.
NetAmerica Alliance, LLC is an alliance of independent carriers, who have joined forces to build-out 4G LTE service in the carriers’ license coverage areas. Through theAlliance, members gain collective strength and cost advantages comparable to that of large carriers. So, many separate operating entities essentially become one, while maintaining their independence.
In the picture above: NetAmerica Alliance UniPort Home Gateway.