Nokia has announced it has signed a five-year deal with AT&T to deploy the mobile operator’s C-Band network in parts of the US. Deploying 5G in C-Band spectrum with Nokia, will allow AT&T to provide 5G services to its customers with improved coverage and capacity.
AT&T will deploy Nokia’s C-Band portfolio to boost network capacity and to support both indoor and outdoor 5G coverage. C-Band spectrum provides mobile operators with a healthy balance of network coverage and space, while simultaneously allowing a rapid 5G rollout.
The deal includes Nokia’s massive MIMO antenna solutions, macro remote radio heads and next generation AirScale baseband equipment, for AT&T’s use.
Nokia was the first telecoms company to demonstrate a live C-Band network in the US last year and is already supplying 5G services to all US carriers.
Harnessing the power of 5G
“AT&T is committed to bringing the power of 5G to businesses and communities across the nation, and our C-Band deployments with Nokia will help add 5G capacity where it’s needed,” said Igal Elbaz, Senior Vice President of Wireless and Access Technology AT&T.
Elbaz continued: “Nokia has been our trusted collaborator for more than 20 years as we’ve rolled out each generation of wireless technology, and its C-Band portfolio brings the right capabilities to help enable AT&T to deliver an exciting and powerful 5G experience that our subscribers have come to expect from us.”
The first phase of the US C-Band auction opened up 280 MHz of spectrum with 100 MHz of spectrum, which will be available for 5G networks to use by the end of this year.
Vast C-band portfolio
Nokia’s US C-Band portfolio includes support for both standalone 5G networks and non-standalone networks, cloud-based implementations and Open RAN products. In turn, their vast C-Band holdings will provide AT&T with flexibility for the deployment of its 5G networks. Nokia’s C-Band RAN technology will interwork with existing Nokia LTE RAN equipment deployed by AT&T for a powerful user experience.
“Nokia is ready to support the launch of 5G services into this valuable new spectrum on our customers’ timelines by leveraging our powerful portfolio of C-Band solutions and by being the first to demonstrate a live C-Band network in the U.S. in 2020. Our flexible and comprehensive portfolio will enable AT&T to enhance its 5G services in areas across the nation,” said Ed Cholerton, President of Nokia North America.
T&T will start deploying the first phase of C-Band spectrum, making it available to users of 5G phones, towards the latter part of 2021.