Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Ericsson wins Dollars 3.5 bln contract for T-Mobile 5G network

Ericsson wins Dollars 3.5 bln contract for T-Mobile 5G network

Mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson ERICb.ST said on Tuesday it had signed a $3.5 billion (2.69 billion pounds) multi-year deal to support T-Mobile US' TMUS.O 5G network deployment, the biggest 5G order that Ericsson has announced. In fact, T-Mobile says it actually already has some Ericsson radios that can run 5G New Radio technology with a remote software installation. The contract also encompasses Ericsson's dynamic orchestration, business support systems and Ericsson Cloud Core to assist the mobile operator in launching new services. "With this new Ericsson agreement we're laying the groundwork for 5G and with Sprint - and with Sprint we can supercharge the 5G revolution".

"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", added Niklas Heuveldop, Ericsson's North American chief. This agreement marks a major milestone for both companies. But for both carriers, there's a catch: 5G will only be available for home internet - mobile won't happen until 2019 at the earliest.

The world's biggest worldwide NB-IoT network will be available in 10 European countries, including planned launches in the UK, Romania, and Hungary, said Vodafone today. Ericsson and Nokia will compete with Huawei, Samsung and others for the right to provide operators around the world with next-generation network equipment.

Both European vendors have undoubtedly benefited from the USA clampdown on Chinese rivals Huawei Technologies Co. And Ericsson is popping up in breakthroughs and partnerships with increasing regularity: a company that's demonstrably on the move.

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To bolster its end-to-end 5G transport portfolio, Ericsson is now extending its partnership with Juniper Networks.

More recently, Ericsson teamed up with Sprint to deliver intelligence at the network edge - recognising another key technology for industry, edge computing. Crucial to AT&T's rapid deployment plans is the use of key 5G technologies using millimeter wave spectrum to serve the connectivity needs of those in dense urban environments. Tests like these showcase the superior experience consumers will shortly have on commercial 5G NR networks.

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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