Nokia Scores $3.5B 5G Contract With T-Mobile
@TMobile US signed a $3.5 billion deal with @Nokia for #5G gear for the operator’s nationwide 5G network, which it is expected to launch in 2019. The contract includes Nokia’s #AirScale #radio platform, #cloud-native core, #Airframe hardware, and #CloudBand software.
The nation’s third-largest carrier has previously said it will deploy 5G in the 600 MHz and 28 GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum bands and it will use equipment based on the 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standard.
T-Mobile’s selection of Nokia as one of its 5G vendors isn’t surprising. The company in February said that it would use equipment from Nokia and Ericsson to deploy mobile 5G in 30 markets nationwide. However, this is the first time T-Mobile has mentioned how much it was planning to spend with Nokia on that 5G gear.
“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.”