Finnish vendor Nokia has announced its selection by Sweden’s Telia Company as the exclusive provider of 5G RAN in Finland in a five-year deal that includes the modernisation of Telia Finland’s legacy networks; the deal will cover 7,500 sites. Nokia has confirmed it will supply Telia Finland with its AirScale portfolio including 5G RAN, AirScale base stations and Nokia AirScale radio access products. The deal will see the modernisation of the cellco’s existing radio networks, as well as the rollout of 5G in Finland.
Telia Finland switched on a pre-commercial 5G infrastructure in Helsinki, Vantaa and Oulu in September 2018, working in partnership with Nokia. With a commercial launch having followed in 2019, the cellco is now understood to be offering 5G in a total of 42 cities across the country, covering more than 25% of the population.
Meanwhile, Nokia has also revealed that it has been selected as the supplier of 5G standalone (SA) core by Telia Company for several of its subsidiaries, namely those in the following countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.
Commenting on the developments, Allison Kirkby, President and CEO of Telia Company, was cited as saying: ‘Our networks have never been more important and are the foundation of a thriving digital economy. Nokia is our sole supplier of 5G standalone core in all markets and of radio network technology in Finland. We share a long history of close collaboration with Nokia, particularly in Finland, and I look forward to continuing this partnership by delivering the best network for our subscribers.’