AT&T Communications has handed Finnish vendor Nokia a five-year deal to deploy its C-band 5G network in parts of the US. AT&T will leverage Nokia’s C-band portfolio, which includes support for both 5G Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) networks, cloud-based implementations and Open RAN products. In addition, the vendor says that its C-band RAN technology will ‘interwork’ with AT&T’s existing Nokia LTE RAN equipment.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, AT&T paid a total of USD23.407 billion for 1,621 concessions in the recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Auction 107 spectrum sale. Last week the telco said that the C-band frequencies would be used to bolster its existing 850MHz 5G network rollout.