Finnish equipment manufacturer Nokia announced today (5 July) that it has won a five-year contract from Norwegian mobile operator ice to upgrade and expand the latter’s 5G radio network infrastructure nationwide. In a press release outlining the contract, Nokia confirmed that deployment is already underway and will run until 2026. Under the deal, the vendor will supply equipment from its AirScale portfolio including Single RAN, AirScale base stations, and high-capacity 5G Massive MIMO antennas to support different spectrum bands. Approximately 3,200 base transceiver stations (BTS) will be modernised and an additional 3,900 new BTS will be deployed, boosting ice’s 5G coverage and performance, and covering ‘all deployment scenarios from dense-urban capacity to wide-area coverage’.
ice has over 700,000 mobile subscriptions on its books and its high-quality 4G and 5G network covers 95% of the population in Norway.