Nokia and T-Mobile strike US$3.5 billion 5G deal

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This will be an end-to-end technology partnership that will incorporate 600MHz and 28GHz millimeter wave 5G connectivity that is fully compliant with the GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standard.

Nokia will provide T-Mobile - the third largest carrier in the USA - with a range of end-to-end 5G technology, software and services. Nokia will provide T-Mobile with access to its 5G technology, software, and services.

"Nokia and T-Mobile will advance the large-scale deployment of 5G services throughout the United States", said Ashish Chowdhary, chief customer operations officer, Nokia.

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"Nokia and T-Mobile will advance the large-scale deployment of 5G services throughout the United States", Nokia chief customer operations officer Ashish Chowdhary said in the release.

Germany's Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile and Japan's SoftBank-promoted Sprint are now waiting for approval from FCC and other authorities to club their business in the US.

CEO Rajeev Suri, who has continued to present a bullish assessment of Nokia's 5G prospects in the second half of this year, blamed shrinkage in gross margins on customers funding 5G upgrades from older 4G budgets.

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The deal reportedly puts the carrier, along with Nokia, first in line to deliver 5G nationwide. This will unleash on-demand virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences, driverless vehicles, medical monitoring, advanced industrial automation services, and so much more - all requiring ubiquitous low latency connectivity, said Nokia in a blog post. The company reiterated its outlook after the T-Mobile deal, saying it was fully calculated into its existing guidance.

But telecom operators around the world have avoided making large investments in the commercial area to existing networks, and many companies established 5G networks simply as a way to increase capacity instead of adding more attractive features to users.

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