Ericsson strengthens end-to-end transport solutions for 5G

T-Mobile bolster 5G ambitions with $3.5 billion supplier deal with Ericsson

T-Mobile bolster 5G ambitions with $3.5 billion supplier deal with Ericsson

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 line with the companies, the contract moreover encompasses Ericsson's digital companies and products solutions, in conjunction with dynamic orchestration, industry increase methods or BSS, and Ericsson Cloud Core.

"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", said Niklas Heuveldop, Ericsson's North America president, in the vendor's statement.

Bridging from a nationwide LTE Advanced network to 5G, T-Mobile will leverage Ericsson's 5G portfolio to expand existing LTE capacity needs while future-proofing the network.

"While the other guys just make promises, we're putting our money where our mouth is". "With this new Ericsson agreement, we're laying the groundwork for 5G and with Sprint, we can supercharge the 5G revolution", he added.

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

The era of 5G networks is rapidly approaching, but despite all the talks surrounding the technology in recent months, it could take a while for it to become mainstream.

There's a huge amount of bluster coming from network providers regarding their 5G products and plans. Initially these will only support Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) broadband service using millimetre Wave (mmWave) spectrum, with the first 5G smartphones set to arrive in 2019.

Commenting ahead of the demonstration, Fredrik Jejdling, executive VP and head of Networks at Ericsson, said: "This accomplishment shows that 5G is ready for business".

Both European vendors have undoubtedly benefited from the U.S. clampdown on Chinese rivals Huawei Technologies Co. In the lead-up to the Mobile World Congress Americas, several announcements are further proof of the commercial readiness of 5G, at scale. "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".

Combining cutting-edge network technology and the very latest research, 5G should offer connections that are multitudes faster than current connections, with average download speeds of around 1GBps expected to soon be the norm. Tests like these showcase the superior experience consumers will shortly have on commercial 5G NR networks.

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