Nokia Scores U.S. Cellular 5G mmWave
July 29, 2020
Nokia and U.S. Cellular inked an
agreement to add 5G mmWave capabilities in the 24 GHz and 28 GHz
spectrum bands. U.S. Cellular will deploy Nokia’s award-winning AirScale
portfolio, with Cloud RAN capabilities, to provide enhanced Mobile
Broadband (eMBB) 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 such as, significant Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
reduction through simplification automation and operation efficiency
gains, as well as through the support of open ecosystems.
To support U.S. Cellular’s advanced IoT and enterprise customers, the
company has also opted to include Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid
(WING) solution as a deployment component, which allows the scaling of
5G IoT services faster and more cost-effectively.
Cellular is beginning its multi-year deployment of 5G mmWave now, with
commercial availability planned for 2021.
Mike Irizarry, CTO, U.S. Cellular, said: “U.S. Cellular and Nokia are
taking bold steps forward together in the realm of 5G modernization and
connectivity. 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
Ricky Corker, President of Customer Operations for Americas, Nokia,
said: “We are pleased to extend our relationship with U.S. 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.”