Nokia has announced that it has been selected by A1 Telekom Austria to provide comprehensive 5G coverage across the country in a multi-year contract. The deal will see the Finnish vendor supply 5G radio access and core network services including its AirScale portfolio, comprising 5G RAN, AirScale base stations and Nokia AirScale radio access products. The deployment of products and services is underway with the core element expected to be rolled out in the first half of 2021.
A1 will also launch 4G and 5G network slicing commercially following a successful pilot. The solution will support connectivity from 4G and 5G devices over the sliced network to applications running in private and public clouds. The slicing continuity between the networks allows operators to maximise their network coverage for new mobile connectivity services and deliver new value and business opportunities.
‘Our ambition is to ensure Austria enters the digital era with the best connectivity underpinned by our 5G network,’ stated Marcus Grausam, CEO at A1 Austria, adding: ‘With Nokia as our partner, we have already worked side by side on many successful projects and we had no hesitation in continuing our collaboration to ensure that we realise the full potential of 5G technology.’