AT&T could spend almost $14 billion through new open-network collaboration with Ericsson

Corrected with A&T planning to run 70% of its wireless traffic through open-capable platforms by late 2026.

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said Monday afternoon that it will work together with Ericsson to build “a more robust ecosystem of network infrastructure providers and suppliers” in the U.S. The company estimates its spending could near $14 billion over the five-year duration of its contract with Ericsson. AT&T said it intends to “direct the United States in commercial scale open radio access network (Open RAN) deployment,” and it plans to run 70% of its wireless network traffic through open-capable platforms by late 2026. “This proceed to an open, agile, programmable wireless network positions AT&T to quickly capitalize on the next generation of wireless technology and spectrum when it becomes available,” the company said in a press release.

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