In a week that’s been dominated by the decision of the UK to allow Huawei into its 5G networks, Nokia and Orange have announced that the Finland-based IT and telecoms company will provide Orange with end-to-end 5G equipment across mainland France.
Building on a long-standing partnership with Orange, Nokia will provide a range of products and services from its end-to-end 5G portfolio, including Single Radio Access Network (RAN) technology, advanced automation tools, a state-of-the-art network management solution and associated professional services.
“For Orange, the deployment of 5G represents a huge challenge and is one of the main priorities of our Engage 2025 strategic plan. We are delighted to be pursuing our partnership with Nokia, a key long-term partner, in order to develop a powerful and innovative 5G network,” said Fabienne Dulac, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and CEO of Orange France. “5G will enable the development of new use-cases and new services, and will provide an enriched experience for our customers - both in the consumer and business segments. Through this agreement, Orange reaffirms its ambition to being network leader.”
Excellence in SRAN
The new network will provide improved mobile broadband services and enable Orange to provide ultra-low latency applications, in areas such as industrial IoT, health, public safety among others. Nokia will initially support Orange’s 5G rollout by providing the technology and support for its SRAN network through software upgrades, which is a vital first step in upgrading to a 5G infrastructure. It will also introduce 5G New Radio (5G NR)-based AirScale hardware, and software for the new 5G frequency bands.
“Nokia is thrilled to bring 5G to France with Orange, a key European operator,” said Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia (opens in new tab). “Nokia has exactly the right technology for this project, given our excellence in SRAN, 5G and end-to-end network infrastructure leadership. This deal builds on our long-standing trusted relationship with Orange and will deliver a superior experience for businesses and consumers alike."