Finnish vendor Nokia has been selected by Japanese-backed telecoms operator DOCOMO Pacific to deploy commercial 5G networks in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. The rollout will initially target enterprise customers, while B2B-focused 5G services are already live in Tamuning and Hagatna on Guam. The press release notes that the deal will help the cellco to ‘deliver high performance, reliable 5G networks to provide next-generation connectivity and drive enterprise in one of the remotest regions on earth’.
Previously, in June 2018 newly appointed DOCOMO Pacific chief executive Roderick Boss claimed that Japanese parent company NTT DOCOMO was considering using Guam as a 5G ‘test bed’ prior to its planned domestic launch in 2020.
TeleGeography notes that the deal with DOCOMO Pacific represents Nokia’s 49th commercial 5G contract; a 50th contract has since been signed with New Zealand-based Spark. Nokia says that it currently powers 16 live 5G networks globally.