Finland’s Elisa has selected Ericsson for a comprehensive 5G technology deployment spanning 5G Core and 5G Radio Access Network (RAN), it has been announced. The new agreement, with an option to extend, includes both 5G Non-standalone (5G NSA) and 5G Standalone (5G SA) products and solutions. With Ericsson Cloud Packet Core products and solutions already said to be live in Elisa’s 5G network, Ericsson is now deploying its dual-mode 5G Core solution to add support for SA technology. Meanwhile, the tie-up will also see Ericsson 5G RAN products and solutions, from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, introduced and deployed in Elisa’s 5G network from 2021.
With Elisa’s network operating on both the 3.5GHz and 26GHz frequency bands, it has also been confirmed that Ericsson Spectrum Sharing for both 5G SA and 5G NSA will be deployed as part of the deal. According to the vendor, this will enable Elisa to dynamically share 4G and 5G traffic, while significantly enhancing capacity and coverage. Further, Ericsson Spectrum Sharing will also reportedly allow the telco to improve its mid- and high-band coverage through carrier aggregation with 5G in lower bands.
Veli-Matti Mattila, Elisa’s CEO, said: ‘We’ve had a long and fruitful partnership with Ericsson and we are happy to continue our cooperation on a deeper level. This new wider partnership increases our capabilities not only in the network environment in Finland, but also in the international digital services area. With this partnership our telco automation domain – Elisa Automate and Polystar – also gets Ericsson’s radio network technology as a development platform, which enables new innovations to our automation service portfolio.’