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GCI is partnering with telecommunications company Ericsson for what the Alaska company says is one of its biggest initiatives in its history: 5G NR service that will benefit thousands of customers with faster and more reliable wireless service.
GCI CEO and co-founder Ron Duncan, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Borje Ekholm, president and CEO of Ericsson, spoke during the announcement at Alaska Pacific University on Tuesday.
Duncan said Anchorage will be the 22nd city in the world to deploy Ericsson's 5G NR technology. Duncan said Ericsson will deploy Ericsson's 3GPP Standards-Based 5G New Radio hardware and software to 82 cell sites across the Municipality of Anchorage from Girdwood to Eklutna. According to a release from GCI, 5G NR is the global standard for a unified 5G wireless air interface.