Nokia and US Cellular partner on 5G mmWave for 5G

Nokia and US Cellular partner on 5G mmWave for 5G

31 July 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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 Nokia and US Cellular have entered an agreement to develop 5G mmWave capabilities in the 24GHz and 28GHz spectrum bands.

Specifically, US Cellular will deploy Nokia’s AirScale portfolio, with Cloud RAN capabilities, to provide enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) 5G mmWave.  

“US Cellular and Nokia are taking bold steps forward together in the realm of 5G modernisation and connectivity,” said Mike Irizarry, CTO at US Cellular. “With 5G mmWave technology from Nokia, we can provide our customers with the leading-edge capabilities of high performance, ultra-low latency 5G.

“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.”

In addition, the deployments will also feature Nokia’s AirFrame open edge solution for Cloud RAN, enabling a virtualised RAN that provides scalable benefits such as, lower total cost of ownership through simplified automation and operation efficiency gains, as well as through the support of open ecosystems. 

“We are pleased to extend our relationship with US Cellular with 5G mmWave technology and enable the company to deliver to its consumer and enterprise customers exciting new 5G services that require lightning performance with no discernable latency.”

“This is a big leap forward in the provision of fast, secure and reliable networks in the Western, Mid-West and Mid-Atlantic regions,” added Ricky Corker, president of customer operations for Americas at Nokia.

Lastly in support of US Cellular’s IoT and enterprise customers, the company will also include Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid solution as a deployment component, which allows it to scale 5G IoT quickly and more cost-effectively. 

US Cellular has already started its multi-year deployment of 5G mmWave now, with commercial availability set for 2021.