Ericsson and T-Mobile announced a multi-year, $3.5 billion contract to support T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network deployment. Under the deal, Ericsson will provide T-Mobile with the latest 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software, compliant with 3GPP standards.
Ericsson will supply hardware and software from its market-ready 5G platform, which includes its strengthened Ericsson Radio System portfolio, across all spectrum bands available to T-Mobile. Additionally, T-Mobile’s already installed base of Ericsson Radio System radios will be able to run 5G NR technology with simple remote software installation.
Bridging from a nationwide LTE-Advanced network to 5G, T-Mobile will leverage Ericsson’s 5G portfolio to add to the existing LTE capacity, while future-proofing the network.
The contract also encompasses Ericsson’s digital services solutions, including dynamic orchestration, business support systems (BSS) and Ericsson Cloud Core, enabling T-Mobile to rapidly launch innovative 5G experiences to customers.
Niklas Heuveldop, president and head of Ericsson North America, said, “We have recently decided to increase our investments in the U.S. 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. This agreement marks a major milestone for both companies. We are excited about our partnership with T-Mobile, supporting them to strengthen, expand and speed up the deployment of their nationwide 5G network.”
Neville Ray, CTO, T-Mobile, said, “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.”