- Vodafone Australia has announced that it is launching its 5G services via end-to-end Nokia equipment at the start of the New Year.
Iñaki Berroeta, CEO of Vodafone Australia, confirmed that the company has agreed with Nokia on a 5-year deal. According to the agreement, it will enable Vodafone place orders for site delivery through Nokia, which will allow Vodafone to offer scalable services for its 5G plans. Berroeta also said this collaboration with Nokia is the last phase of its rollout plans after the ban by Australia’s Security Guidance in 2018.
Australia’s government banned ZTE and Huawei from the 5G networks in the country. As at that time, Vodafone warned that the ban would change the dynamics of 5G builds. However, the partnership with Nokia shows that a viable alternative exists, which may even be more workable for 5G builds in the country.
5G development began since 2016
Berroeta also revealed that Vodafone Australia started working on the development and evolution of 5G technology in the nation three years ago. According to him, the company has set the goals to be the leader in the delivery of 5G services within the country.
The ban initially slowed the progress of the company. But with this new leaf of life with the partnership with Nokia, Vodafone is on course to achieve its goals, Berroeta reiterated. He further pointed out that this is the proper time to establish a robust 5G network in the country, as 5G devices are beginning to become more available.
Vodafone Australia hopes to start offering its first 5G sites in the Parramatta region within the next few months. The Parramatta site was initially used by Nokia to test the 5G technology, but it will now become available for commercial coverage. Customers of the company would soon be able to enjoy 5G services in the region as the company concludes plans.
Nokia heavily involved in the project
Vodafone confirmed that Nokia had contributed immensely towards the successful launch of the service.
According to Berroeta, Nokia offered an advanced roadmap which would see the adaptation of the current 4G spectrum spread into the 5G network. The roadmap will deliver sustained performance and capacity for new 5G MIMO antennas.
He added that Nokia’s end-to-end platform has a significant role to play as the partnership includes deployment and managed service, microwave, IP/Optical, software, as well as 5G radio access network (RAN).
Vodafone bringing a competitive value to the nation’s 5G space
With this deal, Vodafone will open the way for better competition for 5G network within Australia. Apart from this deal, the company attempted to merge with TPG in August 2018, in a $15 billion deal.
However, the merger deal is still on hold as a result of a court battle between both companies and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. When they resolve the case, Vodafone could even have a broader base to expand its 5G offerings within the country.
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