Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

5G: T-Mobile, Ericsson ink $3.5 billion deal, Verizon, Vodafone advance

5G: T-Mobile, Ericsson ink $3.5 billion deal, Verizon, Vodafone advance

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has big plans for 5G.

With 5G use cases placing more demanding requirements on networks, Ericsson is strengthening its end-to-end mobile transport solutions by building on its radio expertise and adding best-in-class transport technologies from Juniper Networks and ECI Telecom. "We are excited about our partnership with T-Mobile, supporting them to strengthen, expand and speed up the deployment of their nationwide 5G network". On Tuesday, the nation's third largest wireless provider matched that investment through a similar agreement with Ericsson.

Ericsson, which makes mobile network gear, will provide T-Mobile with certain digital and business support systems as.

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

"With both companies bringing together industry-leading network technology, we and Ericsson will be able to more effectively capitalise on the enormous global market opportunity in front of us and help our customers simplify their journey to fully operational 5G networks", he added.

T-Mobile will leverage Ericsson's 5G portfolio to expand existing LTE capacity needs while preparing the network for the next generation of technology. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said in a statement at the time that the company was, "all-in on 5G" even going as to say every dollar T-Mobile spends is a "5G dollar".

Niklas Heuveldop, President and Head of Ericsson North America, says: "We have recently made a decision to increase our investments in the U.S. 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".

Indeed, this deal follows one the United States wireless operator made with Nokia, earlier in the year.

Heidi Adams, senior research director, IHS Markit, said: "Mobile transport infrastructure is critical for securing peak 5G radio performance and enabling the promise of new 5G services".

From T-Mobile's announcements, it seems the operator will be dividing the labor and dual sourcing from the two companies equally, buying both hardware and software compliant with global standards from Ericsson and Nokia.

It would appear T-Mobile has kept its word with this latest contract and is committed to being as ready as possible in time for 2019 when 5G networks will be permitted to go live. "Together with our partners we are continuing to prove the readiness of both the underlying technology and the ecosystem".

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