T-Mobile says it has struck its biggest deal ever on the way to 5G.
The company said Monday it has inked a $3.5 billion deal with Nokia, which will provide software, hardware and services, including "commercial AirScale radio platforms and cloud-native core, AirFrame hardware, CloudBand software, SON and 5G Acceleration Services."
T-Mobile will be using that 600 MHz spectrum as well as 28 GHz millimeter wave spectrum to build out the new network.
"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," T-Mobile said.
At a Hill hearing last month on the proposed merger, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that allowing them to combine meant the U.S. would "win the race to 5G," which is a goal of the "win" focused Trump Administration.
Sprint has told Congress it will be spending over $40 billion on its 5G net over the next three years.