Elisa selects Nokia as nationwide supplier of 5G RAN

1 Oct 2020

Finnish vendor Nokia has been selected by local mobile network operator (MNO) Elisa as the latter’s nationwide supplier of 5G RAN. In announcing the development, Nokia said it will provide its AirScale 5G RAN portfolio to deliver enhanced ultra-fast, low-latency mobile broadband services to both the consumer market and enterprise customers. Deployment is expected to begin immediately. Meanwhile, to support digitalisation in Finland, Nokia will also supply its flexible AirScale 5G Radio Access portfolio for enhanced mobile connectivity, as well as additional use cases such as Massive IoT and Ultra-Reliable Low Latency services (URLLC). According to the vendor, the project it is undertaking for Elisa will also focus on mobile network technology migration so that new radios will serve both 5G and 4G subscribers across the country. Elisa plans to decommission its 3G network by 2023 to support its move to 5G services.

Veli-Matti Mattila, CEO at Elisa, said of the matter: ‘We continue facilitating the benefits of 5G to our customers in Finland, one of the world’s leading mobile service markets and are delighted to work with Nokia to enhance our capabilities. Nokia has been an important strategic partner for us for a long time and its technology has helped us to deliver state-of-the-art 5G based enhanced mobile broadband experiences to our customers.’

Finland, Elisa Corporation, Nokia