T-Mobile, one of the three leading mobile communication service providers in the United States, has dropped Samsung Electronics Network equipment for a full investment in mid-band 5G (5G) mobile communication networks.
Through merging with Sprint, T Mobile secured the 2.5GHz band as a 5G mid-band frequency. Samsung network division supplied 5G equipment in the 2.5GHz frequency band to Sprint before the merger, but after the merger, it failed to contract with T-Mobile to supply additional mass equipment.
T-Mobile announced the signing of a five-year 5G communications equipment distribution agreement with two European communications equipment companies, Ericsson of Sweden and Nokia of Finland.
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T Mobile said, “We have been cooperating with Ericsson and Nokia for a long time on 5G,” and said, “We will further strengthen our 5G leadership by signing a large supply contract.” T Mobile’s parent company is Deutsche Telecom, Germany.
T-Mobile’s multi-year contract focuses on delivering 2.5GHz mid-band frequency 5G devices. T-Mobile currently operates as a 5G nationwide network service with a low-bandwidth frequency of 600 MHz.
Last year, T-Mobile achieved a 2.5GHz mid-band frequency by adopting Sprint, the fourth-largest mobile communication service provider. The mid-band frequency slows down low-band frequency. The 2.5GHz mid-band frequency usage 5G is called ‘Ultra Capacity 5G’. The average speed of Ultra Capacity 5G is 300 Mbps, which is said to be possible up to 1 Gbps.
Before the merger, Sprint acquired 2.5 GHz mid-band frequency 5G devices from Samsung Electronics Network.
Samsung Electronics is reportedly focusing on a major deal with AT&T to supply communication equipment to three leading mobile communication service providers in the United States. Last year, it signed a contract to supply 4G and 5G equipment worth 7.9 trillion won with Verizon, the number one mobile communication service provider.
After merging with Sprint, T-Mobile moved up to the third place with first-place Verizon, second only to AT&T in terms of mobile subscribers. Samsung Electronics entered the US communications equipment market in late 2010 with the signing of a large-scale 4G device distribution agreement with Sprint.