Mobile and Ericsson reach $3.5 billion deal for 5G hardware and software

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

T-Mobile and Ericsson join forces with $3.5 billion 5G agreement

The contract also encompasses Ericsson's dynamic orchestration, business support systems and Ericsson Cloud Core to assist the mobile operator in launching new services.

T-Mobile and Ericsson have signed a $3.5 billion agreement to build out T-Mobile's 5G infrastructure.

"We have recently made a decision 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", said Niklas Heuveldop, Head of Ericsson North America.

Making its case to regulators, T-Mobile contends that its proposed $26 billion merger with Sprint will better position the combined companies to offer 5G services in competition with larger rivals AT&T and Verizon.

In July, the company warned that Europe might be falling behind North America, when it comes to adopting 5G technologies.

The world's biggest global NB-IoT network will be available in 10 European countries, including planned launches in the UK, Romania, and Hungary, said Vodafone today.

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Manoj Leelanivas, chief product officer, Juniper Networks, said: "Commercial 5G is expected to represent close to a quarter of all global network traffic in the next five years".

5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices than ever before.

This week sees another salvo of "5G firsts" and rollouts from competing wireless carriers in the United States.

Ericsson looks set to join the marketing throng this week (in partnership with AT&T and T-Mobile), in its first ever public demonstration. In the lead-up to the Mobile World Congress Americas, several announcements are further proof of the commercial readiness of 5G, at scale.

Nokia has also continued to champion its "end-to-end" portfolio as a major advantage over Ericsson, which is largely focused on the development of radio access networks and lacks Nokia's IP, optical and fixed-line expertise. "Together with our partners we are continuing to prove the readiness of both the underlying technology and the ecosystem". And Ericsson is popping up in breakthroughs and partnerships with increasing regularity: a company that's demonstrably on the move. Executives have repeatedly argued that a combined entity will be able to roll out 5G services much faster than if the companies remain separate, hoping to sway United States authorities concerned that China might be winning the 5G race. Tests like these showcase the superior experience consumers will shortly have on commercial 5G NR networks.

And there are still hurdles to overcome, not least 5G's limited range and penetration.

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