T-Mobile and Nokia have agreed a US$3.5 billion deal to accelerate the deployment of a nationwide 5G network in the US.

A statement from T-Mobile said Nokia would provide it with end-to-end 5G technology, assisting it to bring its nationwide 5G network to market for customers.

Specific offerings that T-Mobile plans to use include 5G acceleration services, CloudBand software, commercial AirScale radio platforms and cloud-native core, and AirFrame hardware.

Phil Kendall, executive director at Strategy Analytics, earlier said the 5G deployment and adoption will be the main merger benefit for U.S. consumers, though everything comes at a cost. "And together with Sprint, we'll be able to do so much more".

As for the specific technology, T-Mobile 5G network will utilize 600MHz and 28GHz mmWave spectrum according TmoNews. It represents one of Nokia's largest contracts to date.

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The latest 5G network promises to deliver even faster speeds as well as a more reliable user experience.

The deal, which follows earlier announcements about their cooperation, is welcome news for the Finnish company.

The network equipment business, led by China's Huawei, Nokia and Ericsson - has struggled with flagging growth since demand for the current generation of 4G mobile equipment peaked in 2015.

The Nokia and T-Mobile 5G deal is yet another sign of the company's brand recovering from the disastrous Microsoft Windows Phone deal. The deal would allow the combined entities to draw closer to the revenue volume of Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility, which would remain the two largest USA mobile carriers.

In February, T-Mobile said it planned to build out 5G in 30 cities this year, including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Las Vegas, ahead of a launch of 5G smartphones next year.