The new 5G partnership with T-Mobile marks the largest gain by Nokia to-date, with Nokia touting the strength of its productive working relationships with other companies. Nokia will supply T-Mo with its end-to-end 5G technology, software, and services, including AirScale radio platforms and cloud-native core, AirFrame hardware, CloudBand software, SON, and 5G Acceleration Services.
The T-Mobile award is critical to Finland's Nokia, whose results have been battered by years of slowing demand for existing 4G networks and mounting investor doubts over whether 5G contracts can begin to boost profitability later this year.
No.3 USA mobile carrier T-Mobile - which in April agreed to a merger with Sprint to create a more formidable rival to United States telecom giants Verizon and AT&T - said the multiyear supply deal with Nokia will deliver the first nationwide 5G services. Every dollar we spend is a 5G dollar, and our agreement with Nokia underscores the kind of investment we're making to bring customers a mobile, nationwide 5G network.
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While T-Mobile has announced its deployment schedule of 5G coverage to 30 USA cities by 2018, the company doesn't plan to sell any 5G enabled phones until early 2019, giving the company some time to test out the kinks.
T-Mobile and Nokia pledge to develop, test and launch what they call the "next generation of connectivity services" as part of the deal, covering areas like enterprise, smart cities, utilities, transportation, health, manufacturing, retail, agriculture and government.