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Nokia Inks 5-Year C-Band Deal With AT&T

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Nokia has entered into a five-year deal with AT&T to deploy the mobile operator’s C-Band network in parts of the U.S.

The first phase of the C-Band auction opened up 280 MHz of spectrum with 100 MHz of spectrum available for 5G deployments by the end of this year. Nokia’s C-Band portfolio includes support for both 5G standalone (SA) networks and non-standalone (NSA) networks, cloud-based implementations and Open RAN products, providing AT&T with flexibility for its 5G deployment.

Nokia’s C-Band RAN technology will interwork with existing Nokia LTE RAN equipment deployed by AT&T for a powerful user experience.

Nokia also announced that its AirScale 5G mMIMO Base Station will achieve an average power consumption reduction of 50 percent by 2023, outlining its commitment to climate change and zero emissions.

This will be enabled by its next-generation System on Chip (SoCs) chipsets and 5G advanced sleep mode features which will help to optimize the base station energy usage.

Moreover, there are several energy-saving features at the radio base station and network levels, such as 5G power-saving features, small cell deployments and new 5G architecture and protocols, which can be combined to improve the energy efficiency of wireless networks.