T-Mobile and Nokia announced a $3.5 billion agreement to accelerate the deployment of a U.S.-wide 5G network. Nokia will provide T-Mobile with its complete end-to-end 5G technology, software and services portfolio, assisting the “Un-carrier” in its efforts to bring 5G to market in the critical first years of the 5G cycle.

Nokia will help build T-Mobile's nationwide 5G network with 600 MHz and 28 GHz capabilities compliant with 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standards. T-Mobile will leverage multiple products across Nokia's end-to-end 5G technology, software and services portfolio, including commercial AirScale radio platforms and cloud-native core, AirFrame hardware, CloudBand software, SON and 5G Acceleration Services.

Nokia and T-Mobile will develop, test and launch the next generation of connectivity services that will cover a wide range of industries, including enterprise, smart cities, utilities, transportation, health, manufacturing, retail, agriculture and government agencies. 5G promises to enable faster speeds, massive connectivity, decade-long battery life for sensors and super-responsive and reliable networks for customers. This will unleash on-demand virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences, driverless vehicles, medical monitoring, advanced industrial automation services — all requiring ubiquitous low latency connectivity.

Neville Ray, CTO at T-Mobile, said “We are all in on 5G. 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. And together with Sprint, we'll be able to do So. Much. More.”

Ashish Chowdhary, chief customer operations officer at Nokia, said, “Nokia and T-Mobile will advance the large-scale deployment of 5G services throughout the United States. This is a testament to our companies' strong and productive working relationship, one which has produced several important technological milestones in recent months, and which now allows us to make 5G a commercial reality.”