Ericsson confirmed it won a five-year contract to supply gear for Czech operator CETIN’s 5G network, claiming the upgrade will deliver billions of euros to the country’s GDP.
In a statement, Ericsson detailed it will upgrade more than 4,000 sites across CETIN’s network, which covers two-thirds of the Czech Republic, including densely populated areas such as Prague, Brno and Ostrava.
Juraj Sedivy, CETIN board of directors chairman, said: “By partnering with Ericsson, we will build state-of-the-art, secure, and sustainable radio access resources for our clients, largest commercial telecommunication operators in the country. They will, in turn, use new generation of our network as a platform for unprecedented innovations and offer completely new range of services and functionalities for their end customers in the Czech Republic.”
Citing a report from Analysys Mason, the Swedish vendor said technologies stemming from 5G will deliver €3.7 billion of net benefits for the Czech GDP. Technologies the company highlighted include immersive entertainment, autonomous transport, smart factories and remote healthcare.
In addition to faster mobile network speeds, 5G network will enable secure and reliable connectivity for mission-critical communications, enabling industry automation and essential connectivity for first responders.
Arun Bansal, Ericsson president and head of Europe and Latin America added: “With the increasing demand for data and disruptive enterprise opportunities on the horizon, 5G offers amazing opportunities for the Czech Republic, and we’re very proud to be the partner of CETIN to make 5G a reality here.
“People all over the Czech Republic will benefit from Ericsson’s leading 5G portfolio, bringing the next generation of connectivity to transform everything from manufacturing to healthcare. This partnership will see a modernized mobile network with 5G capabilities that will enable crucial digital transformation for the country and give an economic boost that many needs.”