Icelandic service provider Siminn and Ericsson have inked an agreement for the modernisation of the operator’s radio access and core networks. As part of its 5G preparations, Siminn will modernise and expand its RAN and continue to deploy the 5G-ready Ericsson Radio System. The two companies will also conduct 5G trials enabled by Ericsson 5G New Radio and Ericsson Spectrum Sharing. Siminn is eyeing the introduction of new IoT services on its 4G network – including NB-IoT and Cat-M1. The agreement aims to accelerate the growth of Iceland’s IoT ecosystem across diverse use cases.
In addition to the RAN upgrade, Siminn has also chosen Ericsson to modernise its core network by deploying Ericsson Cloud Packet Core portfolio upgrades to support the transition from 4G to 5G. The deal includes geo-redundant Ericsson Network Functions Virtualisation Infrastructure operated on Ericsson’s Blade Server Platform with Ericsson Virtual User Data Consolidation, and Ericsson Fast VoLTE. Ericsson Fast VoLTE enables HD voice services with simultaneous LTE-speed surfing – paving the way for more advanced communication services.