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5G Millimeter-wave Brought to You by US Cellular and Nokia

July 28, 2020 / Juan Pedro Tomás

Nokia and US Cellular announced a commercial deal to add 5G millimeter-wave capabilities in the 24 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum bands to the carrier’s network, the European vendor said in a release. Under the terms of the agreement, US Cellular will deploy Nokia’s AirScale portfolio, with cloud RAN capabilities, to provide mmWave-based 5G enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB). The Nokia AirFrame open edge solution for Cloud RAN will also be included in the deployments, enabling a virtualized RAN that provides 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, Nokia said. To support US Cellular’s advanced IoT and enterprise customers, the carrier has also decided to include Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) solution as a deployment component, which allows the rapid scaling of 5G IoT services.