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T-Mobile is out to expand its wireless services. The mobile-service provider along with Nokia recently announced their $3.5 billion deal that will upgrade the company’s current technology infrastructure to 5G.

According to the dynamic new deal, Nokia is set to provide “end-to-end 5G solutions for T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network.” Not only that, but Nokia will also provide T-Mobile with a software and service portfolio all while assisting T-Mobile during the first few years of their 5G cycle. The deal paves the way for T-Mobile to launch their 5G connectivity in at least 30 cities by early next year.

So the big question left: What is 5G and how is it different from the current wireless network, 4GLTE? Well, 5G or fifth generation of cellular technologies is the next step up from 4GLTE. In an article, however, The Verge notes that 5G does not currently exist, so it is impossible to define it accurately. But judging from wireless predecessors like 2G and 3G, individuals can predict that companies will engineer 5G to increase speeds and further the responsiveness of wireless networks. In other words, 5G could potentially make 4GLTE seem like the stone age.

On T-Mobile and Nokia’s side, their plan exceeds just faster speeds; they predict,

decade-long battery life for sensors and super-responsive and reliable networks for customers. This will unleash on-demand virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences, driverless vehicles, medical monitoring [and] advanced industrial automation services, with more to come.

Consumers should know: The 5G market will provide connections for devices like smartphones and laptops. But T-Mobile and Nokia expect it to enhance other industries including enterprise, smart cities, health and transportation. T

Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer at T-Mobile, said:

We are all in on 5G. Every dollar we spend is a 5G dollar, and our agreement with Nokia underscores the kind of investment we’re making to bring customers a mobile, nationwide 5G network. And together with Sprint, we’ll be able to do So. Much. More.