Orange’s local unit in Slovakia, Orange Slovensko, has selected Nokia to prepare its Radio Access Network for 5G.
This new commercial deal builds on long-term end-to-end network collaboration between Nokia and Orange Slovensko. Nokia’s technology will boost network capacity as well as offering an improved end user experience and upcoming 5G services to Orange Slovensko’s consumer and enterprise customers.
Orange’s network in Slovakia will utilise Nokia’s 5G New Radio (5G NR)-based AirScale hardware and software for the new 5G frequency bands. Nokia will also provide its state-of-the-art NetAct Management System together with advanced automation and efficiency tools. The deal will support Orange Slovensko in the evolution of its recently-modernised AirScale-based 4G network by activating 5G in existing bands through pure software upgrades.
Federico Colom, CEO of Orange Slovensko, said: “With this agreement, we are taking the next step towards launching next-generation mobile services, leveraging our recently modernised 5G-ready Radio Access Network. In the long run, this will give us a significant competitive advantage as we build the network of the future, enabling outstanding customer experience, innovation in mass and enterprise markets, lean and with optimal power consumption.”