Mobile network operator Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) is partnering with Finnish vendor Nokia with a view to beginning the rollout of its 5G network in the first half of this year. In a press release regarding the development, Nokia noted that the agreement between it and VHA is for a term of at least five years, and enables the Australian cellco to place orders with Nokia for site delivery, thus allowing it to scale up or down the pace of its 5G rollout according to its requirements. Nokia was said to have presented an advanced 5G Roadmap that will enable 5G for Vodafone in all the spectrum bands currently in use for 4G, and implementation of new generation 5G Massive MIMO antennas, delivering substantially increased gains in capacity and performance.
Commenting on the matter, VHA’s chief executive, Inaki Berroeta, was cited as saying: ‘This is an exciting milestone in Vodafone’s 5G network rollout … We have worked with Nokia for several years across different elements of our network. They presented a compelling roadmap that aligned with our 5G objectives and will help us to continue improving our 4G network for our customers.’
With VHA planning to begin a commercial rollout of its 5G services in the first half of 2020, it was noted that its partnership with Nokia has enabled it to fast-track its 5G delivery and will allow for the switch-on of its first group of 5G sites in and around Paramatta ‘in the coming months’. The sites originally made up a test network which Nokia used to demonstrate its technology but are now set to become the first area of commercial coverage for Vodafone’s 5G network.