T-Mobile partners Ericsson to build 5G network

Ericsson will provide 5G radio access products to T-Mobile

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Swedish gear maker Ericsson and American telecom firm have partnered to build 5G in the United States. Under this partnership, Ericsson will provide 5G radio access products to American firm. According to Ericsson, the new products, available for 600 MHz and millimeter-wave (mmWave) in 28 GHz and 39 GHz, will allow American telco to begin building out 5G in its network in 2018.

In a statement company said that with Ericsson it is building out 5G network in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas this year utilizing 5G New Radio (NR) radios and baseband from Ericsson’s enhanced 5G Platform. The 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) was recently launched as commercial software, based on the recently approved first 3GPP 5G NR standard. Available in the fourth quarter of 2018, the software will provide multi-band support for global deployment, allowing T-Mobile to build out 5G equipment this year.

“When we built our LTE network, we had the future and our customer’s top of mind. 5G will be no different. T-Mobile will be the first to give customers the truly transformative, nationwide 5G network they deserve,” claimed Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile USA.

“We have been working in close partnership with T-Mobile on 5G for tests in the lab, field trials, and now initial deployment into the T-Mobile network. Our 5G Platform enables operators to launch 5G as quickly as possible,” said Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks, Ericsson.

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