Nokia and Vodafone Cuddle Up For 5G Rollout
Vodafone has announced it will partner up with Nokia to facilitate its national 5G rollout.
The partnership is set to last five years from the start of 2020 and will deliver the first 5G coverage in Parramatta and surrounding suburbs in the months ahead.
Vodafone’s CEO, Iñaki Berroeta, said the new partnership will fast-track the 5G rollout in an ‘exciting milestone.’
‘This is an exciting milestone in Vodafone’s 5G network rollout.
‘[Nokia has] presented a compelling roadmap that aligned with our 5G objectives and will help us to continue improving our 4G network for our customers.
‘Their knowledge of our network is extensive, and they are in the best position to ensure a seamless transition and that we reach our 5G goals as soon as possible while maintaining the best experience for our 4G customers,’ Berroeta said.
The new plan will enable 5G for all spectrum bands currently in use for 4G and for the set up of 5G ‘Massive Mimo’ antennas. Vodafone will also be permitted to place orders with Nokia for site delivery, with the contract time frame allowing a scale up or down of the pace of it’s rollout plan.
Federico Guillén, Nokia’s president of customer operations for EMEA and APAC, said the company has been preparing for the evolution of 5G – which is starting to become more accessible across the nation.
‘We are delighted to be working closer with Vodafone Hutchison Australia on transforming its network to deliver superior 5G services to its customers.
‘We started our 5G journey with Vodafone in 2016 and are now moving from trials to reality.
‘Nokia’s end-to-end portfolio has a key role to play here, with this deal including 5G radio access network (RAN), IP/Optical, Microwave, deployment and managed services, as well as software,’ he said.
Berroeta said the partnership was the final step in a long process following the Federal Government’s security guidance in August 2018.
‘We have been preparing for the evolution of 5G for a long time.
‘Our focus has always been to deliver the best possible mobile service for our customers. With 5G devices only just starting to become more widely available, now is the right time to start rolling out 5G. We’re excited to continue this journey with Nokia,’ he said.
Vodafone plans to begin the rollout of its 5G services in the first half of 2020.