A1 Telekom Austria Group (A1) has selected Nokia to extend its 5G footprint outside of Austria into Bulgaria, Serbia and Slovenia. The multi-country single vendor deal will see Nokia provide 5G RAN solutions from its AirScale portfolio to all three markets and 5G Standalone (SA) core network to Serbia and Slovenia. The deployment is already underway in Bulgaria and is expected to start imminently in all other markets. Nokia’s cloud-native 5G Standalone Core software leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence and will enable automation capabilities for A1 in Serbia and Slovenia to drive greater scale and reliability. Nokia’s open 5G Standalone Core architecture will also give A1 the flexibility to be responsive to market demands while controlling costs at a time of growing network complexity by streamlining operations and unlocking capabilities, such as network slicing. Nokia will support A1 in its efforts to cover all major populated communities as well as main roads within the next five years.