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Nokia and Telefónica to deliver 5G to 75% of Spanish population by 2021

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Nokia, which recently passed 150 5G engagements around the world, has announced that it will continue to partner with Telefónica as the company’s exclusive 5G vendor, as it aims to deliver 5G to 75% of the Spanish population by the end of 2020.

Nokia has a long-standing partnership with Telefónica, and has previously worked with the company on 5G use cases such as the ‘Technological Cities’ project in Segovia.The focus of this project was to reduce latency and to increase mobile speeds, from 1Gbps, to as much as 10Gbps (more than 3 times the current speed of fibre in the home).

"We will help Telefónica execute its strategy and deliver compelling and transformative experiences, using Nokia’s 5G solutions."

Tommy Uitto, Nokia.

“We look forward to extending our long-standing relationship with Telefónica into the 5G era and introduce a range of compelling new services across Spain,” said Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks at Nokia. “We will help Telefónica execute its strategy and deliver compelling and transformative experiences, using Nokia’s 5G solutions for businesses and consumers.”

Using the AirScale portfolio

Nokia will be enabling Telefónica’s 5G provision using its flagship AirScale Radio Access portfolio, which was the industry’s first commercially available end-to-end 5G solution, and uses the Nokia ReefShark chipset, which can deliver throughput of up to 84 Gbps per system module.

Nokia will also provide expertise via rollout and support services, as well as supporting Telefónica with the development of its network in different areas, including IP network, optical transport and fiber.

"We anticipate that 5G will have a game-changing impact on both consumer and business segments."

Joaquín Mata, Telefónica Spain.

“We are delighted to work with Nokia on our nationwide 5G deployment across both urban and rural regions of Spain,” said Joaquín Mata, CTIO at Telefónica Spain. “We anticipate that 5G will have a game-changing impact on both consumer and business segments and Nokia’s state-of-the-art 5G equipment will help us to deliver best-in-class experiences to our customers.”



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