Ericsson, Verizon Sign Landmark $8.3 Billion 5G Deal

Ericsson has announced a landmark multi-year agreement with Verizon to provide its 5G solutions to accelerate the deployment of Verizon’s next generation 5G network in the United States.

Niklas Heuveldop, president and head of Ericsson North America, said in a prepared statement, “This is a significant strategic partnership for both companies and what we’re most excited about is bringing the benefits of 5G to U.S. consumers, enterprises and the public sector. We’re looking forward to working with Verizon to leverage solutions like Cloud RAN and our Street Macro, adding depth and versatility to 5G network rollouts across the U.S.”

Verizon’s Chief Technology Officer Kyle Malady added, “With this new agreement, we will be able to continue driving innovation and widespread adoption of 5G.”

Under the $8.3 billion agreement, Verizon will deploy Ericsson’s 5G MIMO C-band, low-band and millimeter wave (mmWave) solutions to enhance and expand Verizon’s 5G Ultra-Wideband coverage, network performance and user experience.

Ericsson’s technology solutions, including Massive MIMO, Ericsson Spectrum Sharing and Ericsson Cloud RAN, complement the high-performing Ericsson Radio System portfolio to support 5G services. Ericsson’s software functionality provides end-users with the speed and performance they expect from 5G networks.

In 2020, Verizon was the first communications service provider to receive a commercial 5G mmWave Street Macro base station from Ericsson’s state-of-the-art U.S. smart factory in Lewisville, Texas.