Nokia has announced that it has been selected by Net4Mobility, the joint venture between Swedish mobile operators, Tele2 and Telenor, to rollout commercial 5G services across significant areas of Sweden, in a five-year deal.
“We are proud to be selected as a key supplier to modernize Telenor and Tele2’s existing network infrastructure and help shape their 5G future in Sweden. This deal demonstrates Nokia’s continued momentum for both radio and 5G across Scandinavia and the Baltic region. Nokia has broad experience of network sharing and we are thrilled to bring our solutions to the largest network in Sweden and deliver the best possible 5G coverage to their customers,” said Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia.
New 5G use cases
Nokia will supply equipment from its comprehensive AirScale portfolio helping Net4Mobility to deliver ultra-high 5G speed, low-latency and 5G security to its subscribers. The move to Nokia will also enable a range of new use cases across Industry 4.0, entertainment, cloud gaming, transportation, education and healthcare. Nokia will replace the incumbent vendor with deployment already underway.
Equipment from Nokia’s AirScale portfolio is to include AirScale Base Stations, AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antenna solutions as well as other RAN solutions and state-of-the-art tools to drive operational efficiency. Nokia is also set to provide professional services, including integration, implementation and network optimisation services, as well as technical support for operations and maintenance.
“I am very pleased that we can now begin the broad rollout of 5G in Sweden. The new generation network will mean a significant improvement for consumers and enable innovation, automation and higher efficiency for companies,” said Yogesh Malik, CTIO of Tele2.
Nation-wide rollout by 2023
The five-year deal will improve legacy 4G performance while increasing capacity with 5G services introduced at the majority of sites within awarded areas. Net4Mobility will also take advantage of the 3.5 GHz spectrum band, which is ideal for dense urban coverage. As well as replacing the incumbent vendor’s 4G network, it is also expected that a significant number of new sites will be added every year.
“We continue to expand our 5G offer to our subscribers in Sweden. 5G is already available in our biggest cities and we aim to offer the service to 99.9% of Sweden’s population by the end of 2023. We are delighted to extend our partnership with Nokia and have them as one of our vendors going into the 5G era with an emphasis on quality and innovation,” said Jonas Edén, CTO of Telenor Sweden.
Net4Mobility was formed in 2009 to support the deployment of 2G and 4G networks and is Sweden’s largest RAN network, carrying approximately 60 percent of network traffic in the country. Its 4G network covers 90 percent of the country and 99.9 percent of the population. The collaboration will continue with the development of a 5G network. Nokia has previously been selected by both Tele2 and Telenor for its cloud core network, so this partnership seems like a natural progression.