Slovakian operator Orange Slovensko has chosen Nokia to upgrade its Radio Access Network (RAN) to pave the way for 5G.
Orange’s network in Slovakia will use Nokia’s 5G New Radio (5G NR)-based AirScale hardware and software for the new 5G frequency bands. Nokia will also provide its NetAct Management System for efficiency and automation.
The deal will support Orange Slovensko in evolving its recently modernised AirScale-based 4G network by activating 5G in existing bands through software upgrades.
Federico Colom, CEO of Orange Slovensko, said, “For a long time now we have been working with Nokia on new radio technology innovation.
This is already bringing several improvements for our customers. With this agreement, we are taking the next step towards launching next-generation mobile services, leveraging our recently modernised 5G-ready Radio Access Network.
“In the long run, this will give us a significant competitive advantage as we build the network of the future, enabling outstanding customer experience, innovation in mass and enterprise markets, lean and with optimal power consumption.”
Tommi Uitto, President Mobile Networks Nokia, added, “Our technology will allow Orange Slovensko to smoothly transition towards 5G.”
Last month, Orange selected Nokia and Ericsson to deploy 5G RAN in mainland France.