Nokia has been selected by Ecuadorian state-owned operator Corporacion de Telecomunicaciones (CNT) to bring the first 5G network to the country. The deal includes the modernisation of existing LTE infrastructure as well as the installation of a 5G non standalone (NSA) network.
The project comprises the modernisation of existing 3G/LTE infrastructure in the provinces of Guayas, Los Rios, Manabi, Bolivar, Morona Santiago and Santa Elena, with work already underway to prepare over 500 sites for 5G. Nokia will also deploy the first 5G NSA sites which will operate in the cities of Guayaquil and Manta, enabling CNT to plan the services it wants to launch with 5G. The Finnish vendor will supply equipment from its AirScale, Massive MIMO Adaptive Antenna and Micro Remote Radio Head (RRH) solutions to meet the demand for capacity and reliable coverage, while CNT has also deployed the Nokia AirFrame data centre solution to support cloud-based applications necessary for future telco and IT networking. Nokia is also helping to demonstrate a range of innovative 5G use cases to CNT including 5G smartphones, fixed wireless access for 5G in the home, virtual reality enabled remote classroom, connected cars and industrial supervision with drones provided by geotechnology and unmanned aerial solutions company Drone & Gis.
Martha Moncayo Guerrero, CEO at CNT, commented: ‘Being the only public telco company in Ecuador and market leaders in offering hyper-converged services, we are prepared for the deployment of 5G networks to provide a new future for Ecuadorians. With Nokia, we will be able to present the benefits of this fifth generation technology and show their impact on healthcare, education and industry, for the social and productive development of the country.’ Ari Kynaslahti, Head of Technology and Strategy at Nokia Mobile Networks, said: ‘We are proud to work on this ambitious network evolution plan together with CNT in Ecuador as its long-standing supplier and look forward to delivering compelling 5G experiences to enterprise, consumer and corporate businesses.’