UPDATE Nokia has been selected by Orange France, one of the largest mobile operators in Europe, to evolve its mobile access network towards 5G. Building on its long history with Orange, Nokia will provide service, for a broad part of France, a range of products and services from its end-to-end 5G portfolio.
This includes Single Radio Access Network (RAN) technology, advanced automation tools, a network management solution and associated professional services.
Nokia says the infrastructure investment will allow Orange France to “significantly” improve the customer experience, boost network capacity, enable further automation and create new innovative services that require ultra-high bandwidth and low latency.
The new network will provide improved mobile broadband services as well as allow Orange to provide ultra-low latency applications in areas such as industrial IoT, health, public safety among others. Nokia will initially support Orange’s 5G commercial launch by enabling the rollout of its SRAN network to 5G through software upgrades, streamlining the initial steps to build 5G. It will also introduce 5G New Radio (5G NR)-based AirScale hardware, and software for the new 5G frequency bands.
Fabienne Dulac, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and CEO of Orange France, stated: “For Orange, the deployment of 5G represents a huge challenge and is one of the main priorities of our Engage 2025 strategic plan. We are delighted to be pursuing our partnership with Nokia, a key long-term partner, in order to develop a powerful and innovative 5G network. 5G will enable the development of new use-cases and new services, and will provide an enriched experience for our customers – both in the consumer and business segments.”