Under 5-year deal that represents a continuation of a longstanding partnership with T-Mobile, Nokia will provide its Airscale radio platform to the wireless carrier to deploy an ultra-capacity 5G wireless communications layer with 2.5-GHz massive multiple-input multiple output (MIMO) technology. Meanwhile, Nokia will continue to expand T-Mobile’s extended-range (low-band) 5G coverage. Both the extended range and ultra-capacity enhancements will augment user experience and network capacity by making use of T-Mobile’s multilayer spectrum strategy.
“From the moment Sprint became part of T-Mobile, we’ve been rapidly combining networks for a supercharged Un-carrier experience while continuing to aggressively expand our nationwide 5G footprint,” Neville Ray, president of technology at T-Mobile, said. “We have already taken a massive step forward with nationwide standalone 5G earlier this year, and this agreement with Nokia will help us to deliver incredible innovation and opportunity in this country.”
To support the T-Mobile’s 5G network, Nokia will supply AirScale radio access products and systems, including macro and small cells across low, mid-band and millimeter-wave radio-frequency spectrum. Massive MIMO, a key 5G technology, will allow T-Mobile’s 2.5GHz mid-band spectrum to be used to its full potential. Massive MIMO will boost network performance to its customers in the form of higher speeds and lower latency, further assisting T-Mobile’s home internet strategy. All of these enhanced user experiences are built upon T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G standalone network. As part of the deal, Nokia will also enable T-Mobile to upgrade its mid-band LTE network to 5G and continue to expand its extended range (low-band) 5G network.
Pekka Lundmark, president and CEO of Nokia, said that Nokia’s 5G radio access network solutions will underpin the new T-Mobile network. “The expanded and upgraded 5G network that makes use of all spectrum bands will deliver exciting new solutions to even more people and businesses, and our technology will play a fundamental role in delivering these compelling connectivity experiences for work and play.”