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T-Mobile and Ericsson sign $3.5 billion 5G agreement

by on13 September 2018

Will build T-Mobile's 5G infrastructure

T-Mobile and Ericsson have signed a multi-year $3.5 billion agreement to build out T-Mobile's 5G infrastructure.

The telecommunications company will deploy Ericsson's Radio System portfolio, including 5G New Radio and NR hardware and software compliant with 3GPP standards.

The contract covers Ericsson's digital services solutions, including dynamic orchestration, business support systems or BSS, and Ericsson Cloud Core. Meanwhile, T-Mobile's already installed base of Ericsson Radio System radios will be able to run 5G NR technology via remote software installation.

T-Mobile and Ericsson rival Nokia announced another $3.5 billion 5G deal back in July so that means that it has spent $7 billion in 5G between the two companies.

As part of  the Nokia agreement, T-Mobile said it would use Nokia's 5G network technology including software, services and hardware. The carrier also said Nokia would help make its "600 MHz and 28 GHz millimetre wave 5G capabilities compliant with 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standards" - echoing its current plans with Ericsson.

Meanwhile, Verizon will begin offering installation of its 5G home broadband in select markets in October. Punters in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento will be able to begin ordering service once the installation is complete, with pricing set at $50 for Verizon Wireless customers and $70 for non-Verizon customers. Network speeds are expected to be around 300Mbps, with peak speeds nearing 1Gbps. There will also be no data caps.

Last modified on 13 September 2018
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