Nokia and U.S. Cellular Monday announced an agreement to add 5G mmWave capabilities in the 24 GHz and 28 GHz bands. U.S. Cellular will deploy Nokia’s AirScale portfolio, with Cloud RAN capabilities, to provide enhanced Mobile Broadband 5G mmWave.
The Nokia AirFrame open edge solution for Cloud RAN will also be included in the deployments, enabling a virtualized RAN that provides scalable benefits. Those include cost reduction through simplification automation and operation efficiency gains, as well as through the support of open ecosystems.
“With 5G mmWave technology from Nokia, we can provide our customers with the leading-edge capabilities of high performance, ultra-low latency 5G,” said U.S. Cellular CTO Mike Irizarry. “By readying our network with these key foundational network elements, we can offer an even wider range of communications services that enhance our customers’ wireless experience.”
To support U.S. Cellular’s IoT and enterprise customers, the company has also opted to include Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid solution as a deployment component, which allows the scaling of 5G IoT services faster and more cost-effectively.
U.S. Cellular is beginning its multi-year deployment of 5G mmWave now, with commercial availability planned for 2021. Ricky Corker, President of Customer Operations for Americas, Nokia, called the collaboration, “a big leap forward in the provision of fast, secure and reliable networks in the Western, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.”
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