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T-Mobile inks new deals with Ericsson, Nokia to enhance 5G network

T-Mobile’s 5G coverage got another recent boost, as it has signed five-year, multi-billion dollar agreements with Ericsson and Nokia. After merging with Sprint last year, T-Mobile’s latest deals will let it add additional 5G coverage, capacity, speed and advanced technical capabilities across all of its spectrum bands, the company said.

“T-Mobile already has the largest 5G network in the country,” T-Mobile President of Technology Neville Ray said in a statement. “These agreements with our longstanding 5G partners Nokia and Ericsson will help us take our 5G leadership even further, delivering ever-better experiences for our customers for years to come.”

“We are proud to expand our partnership with T-Mobile, further accelerating the 5G evolution in the U.S. Ericsson’s industry-leading radio access network portfolio enables T-Mobile to enhance its 5G network as they build out the critical mid-band spectrum,” Niklas Heuveldop, President and Head of Ericsson North America said.

The deals will extend T-Mobile’s nearly two decades of partnership with Ericsson and Nokia. T-Mobile will look to expand its nationwide 5G network and provide better coverage. The carrier launched the first nationwide standalone 5G network last summer and recently conducted the world’s first 5G standalone data session with New Radio Carrier Aggregation (NR CA).

Meanwhile, T-Mobile is the only U.S. wireless carrier that has combined the power of Extended Range and Ultra Capacity 5G, which enhances speed and performance. The company said it also plans to add technical capabilities such as voice over 5G, network slicing and multi-user massive MIMO to its 5G network.

“T-Mobile is already America’s 5G leader with the most advanced 5G network and fast 5G speeds in more places than any other wireless provider,” the company said. “T-Mobile’s Extended Range 5G now covers 280 million people across nearly 1.6 million square miles — that’s more than 2.5 times the geographic coverage of AT&T and nearly four times more than Verizon! And with Sprint now part of T-Mobile, the Un-carrier is widening its lead, lighting up Ultra Capacity 5G across the country and bringing fast 5G speeds to more places than anyone else.”

The carrier also noted that its Ultra Capacity 5G can deliver average speeds of 300 Mbps with peaks approaching 1 Gbps and is currently available in more than 1,000 cities and towns, covering more than 106 million people. T-Mobile will also provide 5G access at no additional charge in its customers’ smart phone plans.

Joe Dyton can be reached at joed@fifthgenmedia.com.

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