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U.S. Cellular Picks Nokia 5G Standalone Core

U.S. Cellular has chosen Nokia’s standalone 5G core network for deployment by the end of 2022, according to a statement from the manufacturer.

“By implementing Nokia’s 5G SA core, U.S. Cellular will be able to unlock the full potential of 5G for its customers, delivering the high speeds and low latencies that will power new applications such as virtual and augmented reality,” the statement reads. “U.S. Cellular will also be able to leverage Nokia’s cloud-native, open modular structure to rapidly introduce and scale future network functions for new revenue opportunities.”

U.S. Cellular’s deployment of Nokia’s 5G core adds to its existing support for the radio access network (RAN), where Nokia said it is is supplying its AirScale radios for both low-band and mmWave 5G.

Mike Irizarry, executive vice president and chief technology officer, U.S. Cellular

“As we continue to expand and enhance our 5G network, we value the innovation and support that Nokia provides to help us deliver a superior wireless experience to our residential and business customers,” said Mike Irizarry, executive vice president and chief technology officer at U.S. Cellular. “As we deploy 5G SA core, Nokia brings expertise, technology excellence and the right mix of hardware, software and services to meet our requirements for high performance and low latency.”

Ed Cholerton, president of Nokia North America, said that his company’s 5G SA core and 5G radios provide not only new capabilities, scale, operational efficiencies and revenue opportunities, but they also provide a better user experience that customers expect. “Working with U.S. Cellular to provide the core network function software and cloud infrastructure continues our momentum in the North American standalone 5G core market,” he said.

According to Nokia, the company’s 5G SA core is a cloud-native architecture with network functions deployed as microservices that can be moved to the network edge to meet low latency requirements for software-driven services, like network slicing. It said that Nokia has deployed more than 250 cloud core networks and more than 70 5G standalone core networks internationally.