With the realities of the Sprint deal still a long way off, T-Mobile US isn’t going to wait around to make its 5G rollout plans. Today the ‘Uncarrier’ announced a substantial deal with Nokia to get the ball rolling.
It’s a $3.5B multi-year agreement that will put a range of Nokia’s gear, software, and services at the core of T-Mobile’s rollout. The two will team up to build a national 5G footprint leveraging a combination of 600Mhz and 28GHz millimeter wave spectrum. The details beyond that are a bit thin of course, as they are still at early stages.
The conclusion of the Sprint deal will keep T-Mobile’s management busy for a while yet of course, and the 5G rollout they are planning stages will have to keep in mind the wide range of possible timings and outcomes of that process. Much of the rationale for the deal was that making the investments needed for 5G required the scale the two companies would have in combination.
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