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Nokia (NOK) to Power Ice's 5G Network Expansion in Norway

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Nokia Corporation (NOK - Free Report) recently inked a five-year deal with Norwegian mobile firm Ice to expand and upgrade the carrier’s 5G infrastructure across the country. The deal will enable the fastest growing mobile network operator in the Nordic region to offer superior 5G services to its customers and extend its footprint to hitherto untapped areas.

With more than 700,000 customers covering 95% of the population in Norway, Ice is owned by the multi-utility company, Lyse, which also owns fiber broadband provider, Altibox. Collectively, the firms manage nationwide digital infrastructure and offer fixed and mobile services for both 4G and 5G networks.

Per the deal, the telecommunications equipment manufacturer will provide 5G RAN solutions from its leading AirScale portfolio for extensive indoor and outdoor coverage. The AirScale Radio Access products deliver low-latency, high-capacity mobile connectivity with a low cost of ownership. These can be easily upgraded through a software update, thereby reducing network complexity.

Nokia will also offer 5G massive MIMO antenna solutions, hybrid antennas, modular units, macro remote radio heads and small cell solutions to support different spectrum bands. This, in turn, will help to modernize about 3,200 base stations while deploying an additional 3,900 base stations to expand the coverage. In addition, the company will offer NetAct network management solution that enables carriers to effectively manage network issues for seamless operations and optimization of resources.

By unlocking network efficiencies with common operability, software delivery and increased hardware sharing, Nokia has reduced the total cost of ownership for mobile operators. The company is well-positioned for the ongoing technology cycle, given the strength of its end-to-end portfolio. Its installed base of high-capacity AirScale product is growing fast.

The company is driving the transition of global enterprises into smart virtual networks by creating a single network for all services, converging mobile and fixed broadband, IP routing and optical networks with the software and services to manage them. Leveraging state-of-the-art technology, Nokia is transforming the way people and things communicate and connect with each other. These include seamless transition to 5G technology, ultra-broadband access, IP and Software Defined Networking, cloud applications and the Internet of Things.

The company facilitates its customers to move away from an economy-of-scale network operating model to demand-driven operations by offering easy programmability and flexible automation needed to support dynamic operations, reduce complexity and improve efficiency. Nokia remains focused on building a robust scalable software business and expanding it to structurally attractive enterprise adjacencies. It has inked more than 228 commercial 5G contracts across the globe. The company’s end-to-end portfolio includes products and services for every part of a network, which are helping operators to enable key 5G capabilities, such as network slicing, distributed cloud, and industrial IoT. Accelerated strategy execution, sharpened customer focus and reduced long-term costs are expected to position the company as a global leader in the delivery of end-to-end 5G solutions.

The stock has lost 16.1% in the past year compared with the industry’s decline of 17.3%.

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