T-Mobile Plants Its 5G Flag With Nokia

July 30th, 2018 by · 2 Comments

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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  • mhammett says:

    5G tech and definitions have to catch up to 5G marketing before anyone worries about scale.

  • Ricky Raccoon says:

    Probably an early and solid sign that Nokia and Ericsson Look set to benefit from investments in new 5G infrastructure as China’s Huawei is effectively forbidden from selling gear to blocked from supplyingbgear U.S. carriers.

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