Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Ericsson inks $3.5 billion 5G deal with T-Mobile US


Mobile networking company Ericsson said Tuesday that it has reached a $3.5 billion deal to provide T-Mobile with the hardware and software to help roll out its next-generation 5G network, the second such deal the American company has struck in recent months.

T-Mobile, the third biggest US mobile carrier, said in February it was working with Ericsson and rival network vendor Nokia of Finland to build out 5G networks in 30 USA cities during 2018.

Under the terms of the new deal, Ericsson will supply hardware and software from its market-ready 5G Platform, which includes its strengthened Ericsson Radio System portfolio, across all spectrum bands available to T-Mobile. In its deal with Ericsson, the "uncarrier" notes that it will use the infrastructure supplier's 5G portfolio to expand existing LTE capacity needs while "future-proofing the network".

"While the other guys just make promises, we're putting our money where our mouth is", said Neville Ray, CTO, T-Mobile.

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Ericsson is an unsurprising choice for T-Mobile's 5G upgrade plans as the United States operator's existing Ericsson Radio systems radios will also be able to run on the upgraded 5G system, with only a remote software installation.

"Now we haven't too long within the past made up our minds to amplify our investments within the U.S. to be nearer to our main clients and better abet them with their accelerated 5G deployments; thereby bringing 5G to lifestyles for shoppers and enterprises within the direction of the country", talked about Niklas Heuveldop, the president and head of Ericsson North The United States, talked about in an announcement. "This settlement marks a most well-known milestone for each companies. We're pondering our partnership with T-Cell, supporting them to abet, originate better and hotfoot up the deployment of their nationwide 5G community".

That's the long and short of it, but Ericsson couldn't resist another plug of its main USP, stressing that T-Mobile's installed base of ERS radios will be able to run 5G NR technology with just a software upgrade.

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