Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Mobile and Ericsson join forces with $3.5 billion 5G agreement

Mobile and Ericsson join forces with $3.5 billion 5G agreement

There is likely to be a bit of a PR arms race over big 5G deal wins among the kit vendors, but we won't be seeing any of that action from Huawei in the US. In July 2018, T-Mobile signed a deal Nokia which also revolved around access to 5G NR technologies. On Tuesday, the nation's third largest wireless provider matched that investment through a similar agreement with Ericsson.

In its statement on the T-Mobile deal, Ericsson said it would supply 5G New Radio hardware and software to the operator, as well as various digital services, including dynamic orchestration technology, business support systems and its Ericsson Cloud Core.

Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer, T-Mobile, says: "While the other guys just make promises, we're putting our money where our mouth is".

As the U.S. races toward commercial 5G services, Ericsson achieves significant milestones with AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile on the road to making 5G a reality for consumers.

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

T-Mobile means business when it comes to 5G.

T-Mobile will leverage Ericsson's 5G portfolio to expand existing LTE capacity needs while preparing the network for the next generation of technology.

Not to be outdone, Verizon announced this week that it successfully made the first over-the-air, end-to-end data transmission on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network in Washington, DC. Telstra, which is hosting the event, claims to have its 5G network already up and running using 13 mobile towers in the Gold Coast, one in Toowoomba, and one in Brisbane, with 200 more to go live by year's end.

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"We have recently chose to increase our investments in the USA to be closer to our leading customers and better support them with their accelerated 5G deployments and we are excited about our partnership with T-Mobile", said Niklas Heuveldop, President and Head of Ericsson in North America.

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

Both European vendors have undoubtedly benefited from the U.S. clampdown on Chinese rivals Huawei Technologies Co.

T-Mobile is moving ahead quickly with its plans to upgrade it wireless systems to the next level of 5G.

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