T-Mobile has announced that it's partnered with Nokia to build its 5G mobile network.
Nokia will supply a range of 5G hardware, software, and cloud services to T-Mobile to help them deliver broad coverage at ultra high-speed capacity.
Phil Kendall, executive director at Strategy Analytics, earlier said the 5G deployment and adoption will be the main merger benefit for USA consumers, though everything comes at a cost.
Germany's Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile and Japan's SoftBank-promoted Sprint are now waiting for approval from FCC and other authorities to club their business in the US. As part of the deal Nokia will provide T-Mobile with all of its 5G technology, software and services.
The multi-year supply deal is, reportedly, the largest 5G deal ever and a sign of a wireless upgrade cycle.
The network equipment business, which is led by three big players - China's Huawei HWT.UL, Nokia and Sweden's Ericsson (ERICb.ST) - has struggled with flagging growth since the current generation of 4G mobile equipment peaked in 2015.
In today's announcement, T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said that his company is "all in on 5G", and unsurprisingly took the opportunity to point out how much better things will be should T-Mobile be allowed to merge with Sprint. T-Mobile and Sprint, are using 5G to win President Donald Trump's backing for their merger that will reduce the USA mobile market from four players to three.