Deutsche Telekom, currently Europe’s largest telecoms provider by revenue, has announced that it has extended its partnership with Ericsson, with the two companies signing a multi-year deal which will see Ericsson deliver 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment across Germany.
According to Ericsson, the terms of the deal will include a number of existing mobile sites being upgraded to the latest 5G technology. Additionally, the partnership will result in a new, multi-RAN agreement, as Deutsche Telekom builds on the development of its 2G, 3G and 4G radio networks over the past two years.
“We are pleased to have found a leading 5G supplier in Ericsson as a partner, who has also convinced us in the past in the modernization of our mobile access network,” said Claudia Nemat, Board Member for Innovation and Technology, Deutsche Telekom. “After the reliable and on-time modernization, the bar for the 5G roll-out in the antenna network is naturally also high.”
Ericsson spectrum sharing
Ericsson’s Spectrum Sharing solution will also be deployed, which will enable Deutsche Telekom to dynamically manage 4G and 5G traffic in its network, through the use of existing spectrum, enhancing coverage, performance and mobility.
“This 5G deal is a testament to the exceptional long-term partnership we have forged with Deutsche Telekom, both here in Germany and around Europe,” explained Arun Bansal, President of Europe and Latin America, Ericsson. “With our global experience and leading technology, we’ll deploy a world-class 5G network in Germany with DT and we’re excited about this next chapter in our relationship."
The two companies aren’t just working on making public 5G available, either, with the partnership extending to the development of private 5G network trials for the likes of BMW and Osram.