T-Mobile US has awarded Nokia with a $3.5 billion deal to build it's next-generation 5G network in the largest 5G deal to date. The deal provides concrete evidence of the new wireless upgrade cycle occurring across the globe. All major US telecommunications operators have publicized plans to deploy 5G, and T-Mobile has announced that this deal will result in the first nationwide 5G service. 5G wireless networks promise more responsive, reliable, and faster networks for mobiles and allow for the development and use of new business focused devices such as medical monitoring devices, industrial automation devices, and driverless cars.
The terms of the deal stipulate that Nokia will provide a range of 5G services, software, and hardware that will enable T-Mobile to deliver broad coverage (on 600 megahertz spectrum) and ultra speed capacity in highly trafficked urban areas. T-Mobile will also have access to Nokia's AirScale radio access platform and cloud-connected software, hardware and acceleration services.
T-Mobile, third in marketshare for mobile in the US behind Verizon and AT&T, agreed in April to merge with Sprint (fourth in marketshare). The company has announced that customers in Los Angeles, Dallas, Las Vegas, and New York will be the first to receive the technology which may arrive as early as next year.
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