Nokia wins 5G deal with Finnish Shared Network (SYV)

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Nokia has announced a partnership to supply Finnish Shared Network Ltd (Suomen Yhteisverkko Oy, otherwise known as SYV) with 5G radio network kit, as well as Nokia’s managed services, which will enables SYV to implement cloud-as-a-service, optimize total cost of ownership (TCO), and deliver enhanced security and customer-focused analytics.

SYV – a joint operation by DNA Oyj and Telia Finland Oyj – is modernizing its existing network, and this joint venture with Nokia will enable the company to cost-effectively deliver advanced 5G services to the north west and eastern regions of Finland. 

SYV is not a traditional telecommunications operator, its only customers are Telia and DNA, and it focuses on developing and maintaining this shared mobile network, which delivers the benefits of improved coverage, faster mobile broadband throughput speeds, and better services for rural and remote areas.

"Nokia’s wide range of managed services and impeccable global reputation meant it stood out as a reliable vendor."

Antti Jokinen, SYV.

“When evaluating potential long-term partners to help us modernize our network infrastructure, we chose Nokia for its expertise in the market as well as the comprehensive set of sustainable and secure solutions it offers,” said Antti Jokinen, CEO at SYV. “Aside from the radio and IP connectivity equipment we needed as part of our 5G network deployment, Nokia’s wide range of managed services and impeccable global reputation meant it stood out as a reliable vendor to help us future proof our infrastructure investment.”

Replacing current RAN equipment

The deal will see Nokia replace SYV’s current RAN equipment, whilst introducing digital deployment for faster time-to-market. Nokia will deliver the infrastructure upgrade, providing field maintenance, network monitoring and implementation services in over 50 percent of Finland.

“We take great pride in being selected as the trusted partner to modernize SYV’s network infrastructure and pave the way to a 5G-enabled future for its customers," said Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks at Nokia. "Our product and service portfolio is ideal for organizations aiming to capitalize on the latest technology trends. We look forward to working closely with SYV to help them bring DNA’s and Telia’s end customers the best 5G coverage and services across northern and eastern parts of Finland.”

The network modernization project will involve upgrading RAN equipment across the existing 2G, 3G, and 4G networks as well as the deployment of the new 5G network. This includes all existing base stations, base station controllers, radio network controller and IP transport. 

The deployment of this entirely new infrastructure will begin in early 2021 and is planned to be completed by the end of 2023.

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