As part of the agreement, Ericsson will update T-Mobile with the latest 5G New Radio (NR) software and hardware compliant with 3GPP standards.
Bridging from a nationwide LTE Advanced network to 5G, T-Mobile will take advantage of Ericsson’s 5G portfolio to grow existing LTE capacity needs while future-proofing the system.
The agreement also adds Ericsson’s digital services solutions, including dynamic orchestration, business support systems (BSS) and Ericsson Cloud Core, helping T-Mobile take 5G experiences to the market.
Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer, T-Mobile, said: “While the other guys just make promises, we’re putting our money where our mouth is. With this new Ericsson agreement we’re laying the groundwork for 5G – and with Sprint, we can supercharge the 5G revolution.”
Niklas Heuveldop, President and Head of Ericsson North America, added: “We have recently decided to increase our investments in the US to be closer to our leading customers and better support them with their accelerated 5G deployments; thereby bringing 5G to life for consumers and enterprises across the country. This agreement marks a major milestone for both companies. We are excited about our partnership with T-Mobile, supporting them to strengthen, expand and speed up the deployment of their nationwide 5G network.”
Furthermore, Ericsson will provide hardware and software from its market-ready 5G Platform, such as their Ericsson Radio System portfolio. Additionally, T-Mobile’s already installed base of Ericsson Radio System radios will be able to run 5G NR technology with simple remote software installation.