Finnish vendor Nokia says it has been selected by Orange Slovensko, Slovakia’s leading mobile network operator by subscribers, to prepare its Radio Access Network (RAN) for 5G. In a press release today (10 February), the equipment maker said that further enhancement of Orange Slovensko’s RAN with 5G technology will enable a wide range of innovative services for consumer and enterprise customers across Slovakia, and notes that the deal – which builds on long-term end-to-end network collaboration between the two parties – includes RAN equipment, software, NetAct management solution and automation tools.
Nokia confirmed that going forward, Orange’s network in Slovakia will utilise Nokia’s 5G New Radio (5G NR)-based AirScale hardware and software for the new 5G frequency bands. Nokia will also provide its state-of-the-art NetAct Management System together with advanced automation and efficiency tools. The deal will support Orange Slovensko in the evolution of its recently-modernised AirScale-based 4G network, by activating 5G in existing bands through pure software upgrades.