Telenet selects Ericsson, Nokia as 5G network suppliers

15 Mar 2021

Belgian full-service telecom operator Telenet has selected Ericsson, Nokia and Google Cloud as partners for the rollout of its 5G network. The announcement follows a thorough selection procedure which began in early 2020 and took into consideration technological, financial, security and sustainability criteria.

Ericsson is already operating the mobile network of Telenet and the existing partnership is extended to include 5G radio access network technology as well as the necessary solutions for all future 5G developments, while Nokia will provide the core network. Telenet and Nokia will be using Google Cloud, more specifically Anthos, in the Telenet data centres. Google Cloud’s Anthos for Telecom allows operators to run the Nokia core equipment and other applications that formerly had to be integrated into the network via physical hardware, via cloud-native services.

Telenet CTIO Micha Berger commented: ‘Choosing the right suppliers and partners is crucial. I am therefore pleased to be able to partner with Ericsson, Nokia and Google Cloud to roll out a future-proof mobile network in Belgium that will provide all our residential and professional customers with the best possible user experience, be it via 2G, 3G, 4G or 5G. This partnership and cooperation between parties is unique and will keep us at the heart of innovation with cutting edge technology.’