AT&T and Ericsson have announced a five-year agreement to accelerate the expansion of the cellco’s 5G network. Ericsson notes that the deal will support the rollout of AT&T’s recently acquired C-band spectrum and the launch of Standalone (SA) 5G architecture. The vendor will deploy its Ericsson Radio System portfolio, which includes the Advanced Antenna System, Advanced RAN Coordination and Carrier Aggregation (CA) technologies.
TeleGeography notes that AT&T was one of the most prominent bidders in Auction 107, which saw the sale of C-band frequencies in the 3.7GHz-3.98GHz range. Bidding via AT&T Spectrum Frontiers, the telco committed to pay USD23.407 billion for 1,621 concessions. Previously, in March this year AT&T handed rival vendor Nokia a five-year deal to deploy its C-band 5G network in selected parts of the US.