Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Nokia and T-Mobile strike US$3.5 billion 5G deal

T-Mobile US says¬†Nokia¬†will supply it with US$3.5 billion in next-generation 5G network gear, marking the world’s largest 5G deal so far and concrete evidence of a new wireless upgrade cycle taking root.

No.3 U.S. mobile carrier T-Mobile Рwhich in April agreed to a merger with Sprint to create a more formidable rival to U.S. telecom giants Verizon and AT&T said the multiyear supply deal with Nokia will deliver the first nationwide 5G services.

The T-Mobile award is critical to Finland’s¬†Nokia, whose results have been battered by years of slowing demand for existing 4G networks and mounting investor doubts over whether 5G contracts can begin to boost profitability later this year.

5G networks promise to deliver faster speeds for mobile phone users and make networks more responsive and reliable for the eventual development of new industrial automation, medical monitoring, driverless car and other business uses.

But cash-strapped telecom operators around the world have been gun-shy over committing to commercial upgrades of existing networks, with many seeing 5G technology simply as a way to deliver incremental capacity increases instead of new features.

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