U.S. Cellular had signed a multi-year network modernization contract with Nokia according to which the latter will provide end-to-end 5G solutions, including technology, software, and services. The deal will ensure modernization of U.S. Cellular’s networks.
The contract assures Nokia’s policy to associate with its partners and customers. The 5-Year contract helps Nokia to expand its relationship with U.S. Cellular. The deal with Nokia will enable U.S. Cellular to deliver innovative services to its customers and expand into new customer and enterprise segments with 5G services and solutions.
The new contract builds upon the 5G trial activities Nokia and U.S. Cellular have been engaged in during the last year. As part of the agreement, Nokia will modernize and build out a 5G network for U.S. Cellular across its markets using 5G capabilities compliant with 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standards.
Mike Irizarry, Executive Vice President, and CTO, U.S. Cellular, said: “By keeping U.S. Cellular’s network on the cutting edge, we can continue to deliver the innovation our customers demand, gain new customers and add new revenue models – all with a 5G-ready network. With Nokia’s end-to-end solutions we will have the ability to launch 5G-based services that will provide massive connectivity and enhanced IoT to our customers.”
Ricky Corker, President of Customer Operations for the Americas, Nokia, said: “5G will ultimately deliver unprecedented user experiences and business models that require innovative solutions. We’re delighted to continue our work with U.S. Cellular to accelerate 5G development and deployment that will not only provide a multi-fold increase in capacity for its customers but also deliver 5G coverage.”
U.S. Cellular will leverage multiple products across Nokia’s end-to-end 5G technology, software, and professional services portfolio. Nokia’s 5G portfolio is based on its commercial AirScale radio platform and cloud-based network architecture.
5G promises to enable faster speeds, massive connectivity, decade-long battery life for sensors and super-responsive and reliable networks for customers. This will unleash on-demand virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences, driverless vehicles, medical monitoring, advanced industrial automation services, and so much more – all requiring ubiquitous low latency connectivity.
Nokia develops and delivers the industry’s only end-to-end portfolio of network equipment, software, services and licensing that is available globally. Nokia customers include communications service providers whose combined networks support 5.7 billion subscriptions, as well as enterprises in the private and public sector that use its network portfolio to increase productivity and enrich lives.
Through research teams, including the world-renowned Nokia Bell Labs, Nokia is leading the world to adopt end-to-end 5G networks that are faster, more secure and capable of revolutionizing lives, economies, and societies. Nokia adheres to the highest ethical business standards as we create technology with a social purpose, quality, and integrity.
U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier offers coverage where the other carriers don’t and a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations.