The Kingdom of Bhutan in the Eastern Himalayas will soon enjoy the benefits of 5G thanks to a deal between Ericsson and Bhutan Telecom, one of two mobile operators in the country.
Ericsson will be responsible for rollout of the 5G network in this country of around 754,000 people. The contract includes 5G non-standalone (NSA) deployment spanning Ericsson Radio System products and solutions, including Ericsson Spectrum Sharing.
It also encompasses software upgrades in Ericsson Cloud Packet Core, Cloud Unified Data Management and Policy, Cloud IMS, and OSS/BSS to add support for 5G NSA, while paving the way to the future introduction of 5G standalone (SA) support.
The 5G deployment will also contribute to the Bhutanese government’s efforts to bridge the digital divide in the country and drive innovative fourth industrial revolution (4IR), or Industry 4.0, and opportunities for businesses, industries, verticals and the public sectors.
With this no doubt in mind Ericsson will work with Bhutan Telecom to explore next-generation use cases tapping artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, automation and the Internet of Things.
5G services are expected to be rolled out in Bhutan in the last quarter of 2021.
Ericsson has partnered with Bhutan Telecom since 2004 when the first mobile network was deployed in the country. Ericsson has deployed 2G, 3G, and 4G network technologies in Bhutan. This is a collaboration the partners aim to build on as 5G connectivity is deployed.
Bhutan Telecom also selected Ericsson as its business support systems transformation partner in 2016. Ericsson and Bhutan Telecom have also deployed a disaster-resilient, emergency telecom core network in Bhutan as a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) grant project.