While Verizon and AT&T—the number-one and number-two largest wireless carries in the U.S. respectively—continue to test their 5G capabilities around the country, T-Mobile basically told the world that it’s ready to start moving forward with the next-gen technology.
In an announcement posted on Monday afternoon, T-Mobile said it made a $3.5 billion multi-year 5G network agreement with Nokia. The “landmark” move means Nokia will provide T-Mobile with its complete end-to-end 5G technology, software, and services portfolio, enabling T-Mobile to upgrade its current nationwide network for 5G.
“We are all in on 5G,” Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer at T-Mobile, said in the statement. “Every dollar we spend is a 5G dollar, and our agreement with Nokia underscores the kind of investment we’re making to bring customers a mobile, nationwide 5G network. And together with Sprint, we’ll be able to do So. Much. More.”