Nokia gets a US $3.5B 5G contract with T-Mobile

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T-Mobile signed a US $3.5 billion contract with Nokia for 5G equipment for the nationwide 5G network, expected to launch in 2019.

The multi-year agreement, which is part of T-Mobile’s “all in on 5G” push, will help T-Mobile to create network with 600 MHz and 28 GHz millimeter wave 5G compatible with 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standards and will include Nokia’s AirScale platform, cloud-native core, Airframe hardware, and the CloudBand software.

The deal does not come as a surprise since T-Mobile already said that the company will use equipment from both Nokia and Ericsson for its 5G push in 30 markets worldwide.

“We are all in on 5G,” said T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray in a statement. “Every dollar we spend is a 5G dollar, and our agreement with Nokia underscores the kind of investment we’re making to bring customers a mobile, nationwide 5G network.”

T-Mobile has acquired Sprint, in a deal which was announced back in April and expected to be finalized in 2019, marking a push in 5G  with a plan to invest up to US $40 billion.

This is a big deal for the push from 4G to 5G as it is obvious that some mobile providers aim to get there in the next year.

Using 5G, Nokia and T-Mobile will develop, test and launch the next generation of connectivity services that will cover a wide range of industries, including enterprise, smart cities, utilities, transportation, health, manufacturing, retail, agriculture and government agencies, said T-Mobile in its press announcement regarding the new agreement.

 

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