In a press release today (19 November), Sweden-based equipment manufacturer Ericsson has confirmed the signing of a five-year contract with Czech network infrastructure operator CETIN to bring 5G to the country. Under the deal, the vendor says it will be responsible for CETIN’s network modernisation, upgrading and transforming its legacy network to handle ultra-fast, high-capacity next gen mobile services. Last month, CommsUpdate quoted CETIN spokeswoman Klara Zavadilova as saying that the Swedish vendor had secured the contract, while the two firms were finalising ‘the remaining legal formalities’.
Providing details of the contract, the latest press release said: ‘Ericsson is set to modernise more than 4,000 cellular sites across the full operational area of CETIN’s mobile network, covering two thirds of the Czech Republic, including the population-dense areas of Prague, Brno and Ostrava. CETIN, whose customers include T-Mobile and O2, is powering multiple network providers in Czech to bring 5G powered initiatives like connected utilities and healthcare to life, as well as huge opportunities for consumers such as AR/VR.’ Moreover, Ericsson’s statement goes on to note that it will provide ‘Ericsson Radio System products and solutions for both 5G Standalone (SA) and 5G Non-Standalone (NSA). The solutions include advanced Massive MIMO, Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, 5G New Radio (NR) Carrier Aggregation, and remote upgrade to 5G SA. It also includes the Ericsson Antenna System (formerly Kathrein Mobile Communication) which will boost coverage, capacity, and enable a more energy-efficient network operation. The contract, which takes effect immediately, will result in a 100% Ericsson-powered radio access network (RAN).’