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Nokia strikes South Korea first with AirScale deployment

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Nokia is to install equipment from its AirScale portfolio across South Korea following an agreement with LG Uplus.

Billed as the "first deployment of its kind" in South Korea, the project will see Nokia install its small cell AirScale Indoor (ASiR) systems in a range of indoor locations including shopping malls and office buildings.

Composed of Nokia’s Digital Baseband unit and ASiR-pRRH solution (pico Remote Radio Head), the system features multi-operator and multi-band support and will enable LG Uplus to provide 5G connectivity.

The deal is expected to accommodate future network expansion and will further deepen the partnership between the two companies, which have already collaborated on LTE, 5G and digital projects.

DaeHee Kim, SVP and head of network infra technology group, LG Uplus, said: “Nokia’s AirScale system will help provide seamless 5G connectivity in indoor locations and environments. Its cost effective, flexibility and compact design enables us to enhance our 5G offering.”

Tommi Uitto, president, mobile networks, Nokia, added: “We are delighted to have been chosen by LG Uplus to provide infrastructure that will be critical to a seamless 5G experience. Having worked with LG Uplus on a number of other recent projects, we believe the AirScale system is the right choice to complement existing solutions and enable next generation 5G connectivity.”