Ericsson bags $3.5 billion 5G network deployment contract from T

Joanna Estrada
September 13, 2018

Ericsson and T-Mobile US have signed a $3.5bn-heavy deal to support the telecom's 5G network deployment, the two companies confirmed recently.

In addition to laying the foundation for 5G, the new technologies will boost T-Mobile's 4G network, while existing the operator's existing Ericsson radio equipment will be upgraded remotely via a software update to support 5G New Radio.

Niklas Heuveldop, President and Head of Ericsson North America, added: "We have recently made a decision to increase our investments in the USA to be closer to our leading customers and better support them with their accelerated 5G deployments; thereby bringing 5G to life for consumers and enterprises across the country".

Following this most recent deal, Ray said, "While the other guys just make promises, we're putting our money where our mouth is".

During the same event, AT&T also announced the rollout of mobile 5G in five United States cities: Houston, Jacksonville, Louisville, New Orleans, and San Antonio - in addition to previously announced markets: Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, and Waco.

Wireless customers can expect speeds of between 300Mbps and 1Gbps with no data cap, said the company.

The new-look ERS also comes with spectrum-sharing software so that customers can allocate spectrum to a particular network technology on a dynamic, millisecond basis.

This is part of a broader move by the Bellevue, Wash. -based wireless carrier to lay the groundwork for 5G, the next generation of wireless services.

Ericsson looks set to join the marketing throng this week (in partnership with AT&T and T-Mobile), in its first ever public demonstration. The three companies are now in the last phase of testing 5G network equipment from suppliers Samsung, Nokia, and Huawei, and they are expected to announce their choices this month.

For all the talk, there is real progress too. "I'm super proud of the team for achieving a multi-vendor 3GPP-based 5G data call using Ericsson's commercial radios and Intel's RF chip". It, too, was for 5G technology, software and services.

5G is poised to unlock commercial opportunities for every industry.

While Nokia's performance has come as a disappointment to shareholders so far in 2018 - with earnings marked by a fall in profitability - CEO Rajeev Suri has continued to insist that 5G business will start to buoy figures toward the end of the current financial year.

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