Chinese manufacturing giant, Huawei, would have easily been the top 5G equipment supplier to US carriers. However, due to the interference from the US government, Huawei is not allowed to supply 5G equipment in the US. Though they are negative implications to this action, it appears that the US is now prepared to move ahead as its fifth largest carrier signed a 5G contract with Nokia and Ericsson.
During the World Mobile Communications Conference (MWC2019) held in Barcelona last week, US Cellular, the fifth largest wireless telecommunications network operator in the United States, announced the signing of a 5G supplier agreement with Ericsson. According to a press release, US Cellular has also reached a 5G cooperation with Nokia.
Under the agreement, Nokia will build a 5G network for US Cellular using 5G technology that complies with the 3GPP 5G NR standard. US Cellular said it will use the devices in the Nokia portfolio to check the AirScale wireless platform, as well as cloud-based network architecture and managed services, with the goal of building a “5G-Ready” network.
With Ericsson, US Cellular will commercialize 5G using advanced beamforming, massive MIMO, and dynamic TDD for AR/VR in the 5G test in Madison, Wisconsin. US Cellular uses 700 MHz, 850 MHz, AWS and PCS spectrum to provide mobile services to approximately 5 million users in 23 states. In the spectrum auction, the operator received a 600 MHz license.