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Nokia and T-Mobile combine on US 5G network

Steve Rogerson
August 2, 2018



T-Mobile and Nokia have announced a $3.5bn agreement to accelerate the deployment of a 5G network across the USA. The two companies plan to develop, test and launch connectivity services for enterprises, smart cities, utilities, transportation, health, manufacturing, retail, agriculture and government agencies.
 
Nokia will provide T-Mobile with its end-to-end 5G technology, software and services portfolio, assisting T-Mobile in its efforts to bring its 5G network to market for users in the critical first years of the 5G cycle.
 
"We are all in on 5G," said Neville Ray, chief technology officer at T-Mobile. "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. And, together with Sprint, we'll be able to do so. "
 
As part of the agreement, Nokia will help build T-Mobile's nationwide 5G network with 600MHz and 28GHz millimetre wave 5G capabilities compliant with 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standards.
 
"Nokia and T-Mobile will advance the large-scale deployment of 5G services throughout the United States," said Ashish Chowdhary, chief customer operations officer at Nokia. "This is a testament to our companies' strong and productive working relationship, one which has produced several important technological milestones in recent months, and which now allows us to make 5G a commercial reality."
 
The 5G network promises to enable faster speeds, massive connectivity, decade-long battery life for sensors, and responsive and reliable networks for users. This should unleash on-demand virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences, driverless vehicles, medical monitoring, industrial automation services, and more, all requiring ubiquitous low latency connectivity.
 
T-Mobile will use multiple products across Nokia's end-to-end 5G technology, software and services portfolio, including commercial AirScale radio platforms and cloud-native core, AirFrame hardware, CloudBand software, Son and 5G acceleration services.