T-Mobile US announced the appointment of Ericsson executive Ulf Ewaldsson as its new senior vice president, Technology Transformation — as part of its 5G strategy.
Ulf Ewaldsson, who spent nearly 30 years at networking and telecommunications company Ericsson, will be reporting directly to T-Mobile chief technology officer Neville Ray. Ulf Ewaldsson will drive T-Mobile’s 5G technology evolution strategy.
T-Mobile with 79.7 million customers is the third largest wireless operator in the US. T-Mobile is currently awaiting the final rounds of approvals from the US agencies for its $26 billion acquisition of Sprint.
Verizon in August 2018 announced the appointment of Hans Vestberg, who earlier worked at Ericsson at CEO, as its CEO. The strategy of Verizon is to take leadership position in the 5G business space and focus less on entertainment.
T-Mobile said it’s planning to deliver nationwide 5G in 2020, deploying 5G-ready equipment as it rolls out 600 MHz Extended Range LTE, which is already live in more than 1,500 cities and towns in 37 states and Puerto Rico.
T-Mobile, Ericsson and Intel have achieved the world’s first 5G data call and video call on 600 MHz — on a live commercial network. T-Mobile also accomplished a tri-band 5G video call with three users on different spectrum bands – 600 MHz, 28 GHz and 39 GHz.
At Ericsson, Ulf Ewaldsson held senior leadership roles including senior vice president and head of Business Area Digital Services, senior vice president and chief strategy & technology officer, head of Group Function Strategy & Technology, and head of Product Area Radio.
Ulf Ewaldsson will be relocating with his family from Sweden and joining Bellevue, Washington-based T-Mobile in the last week of January.