Nokia announced today (24 February) that it has been selected by Filipino carrier Globe Telecom under a three-year deal to upgrade its 4G network and expand its 5G network at more than 1,000 locations across the country. The Finnish vendor said the project will cover the second and third largest islands of Mindanao and Visayas, and will begin in Q2 2021 with completion expected in 2023. The press release notes that under the terms of the agreement, Nokia will provide equipment and services from its comprehensive 5G AirScale portfolio to build out the Radio Access Network (RAN), including base stations and other radio access products. Globe Telecom will also use Nokia’s high-capacity AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antenna solution, which utilises the latest 64TR radios, to boost coverage and performance. Using newly awarded 3.5GHz spectrum for dense urban coverage, the carrier will look to provide end users with high peak speeds, while the deal will also see the expansion of the existing FDD/TDD LTE network infrastructure. Further, Nokia will provide its NetAct solution for network management and seamless daily network operations as well as deliver digital design, deployment, optimisation and technical support services.