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Telenor Pakistan deploys 5G-ready cloud-based RAN platform with Nokia

Telenor Pakistan deploys 5G-ready cloud-based RAN platform with Nokia

Nokia's 5G-ready AirScale Cloud RAN solution and controllers have been successfully deployed by Telenor Pakistan.

The move further advances the operator’s goal of digital transformation to optimise the end customer experience, allowing it to improve total cost of ownership and quickly respond to emerging opportunities.

This marks the first deployment of the AirScale Base Station Controller (BSC) and AirScale Radio Network Controller (RNC) on AirFrame cloud infrastructure in Pakistan.

The Nokia solution reduces network complexity and operational cost, allowing service providers to provide innovative services more cost effectively. The added agility that this software delivers will enhance efficiency, and prepare them for 5G.

Khurrum Ashfaque, Chief Technology Officer, Telenor Pakistan, said: "We will have added flexibility to scale the radio network resources based on demand as well as greater agility, which is critical as a significant percentage of our subscribers continue to use 2G and 3G services."

Adil Munir Malik, Country Senior Officer for Pakistan at Nokia, said: "Our AirScale Cloud RAN solution and controllers further the operator's digitalisation and prepare its networks for 5G. Our cloud based solutions will benefit Telenor Pakistan through virtualisation, bringing down the operational cost and allowing them to scale quickly in line with market demands."

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