Nokia partners Iliad for 5G in France and Italy

Nokia partners Iliad for 5G in France and Italy

14 February 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Nokia and Iliad are extending its long-term partnership with the Iliad Group to deploy 5G networks across France and Italy.

Under the terms of the partnership, the two will focus on network modernisation and the introduction of 5G in Italy making 5G available to 17 million Iliad subscribers across both countries.

Specifically, the Iliad Group will install Nokia’s newest radio access technology, AirScale, allowing it to maximise on early 5G networks while supporting 4G/LTE and 5G in the same radio access system.

In doing so, IIiad Group is able to offer new services to both consumers and businesses while also future proofing the radio network. The installation of 5G massive MIMO antennas will ensure Iliad subscribers can make the most of the ultra-low latency and high-bandwidth capabilities of 5G.

“We want to offer our customers the best possible 5G experience and that is why we have chosen to strengthen and accelerate our relationship with Nokia as we enter the 5G era,” said Thomas Reynaud, CEO of IIiad Group. “Nokia’s innovative 5G technologies and solutions will enable us to launch quickly and efficiently, delivering a superior network performance whilst also securing us against future challenges.”

The collaboration builds on Iliad’s long standing working relationship with Nokia since 2012 and in Italy since 2018 with the roll out of 3G and 4G.

“We are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with IIiad to roll out 5G networks across France and Italy and build out a world-class network for businesses and consumers alike,” said Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks at Nokia. “The radio technologies will give Iliad the flexibility to quickly and smoothly launch a future-proof 5G network."

In related news, Orange France announced that it had selected Nokia and Ericsson as vendors its 5G network across France.

Under the terms of the agreement, Nokia and Ericsson will provide a package of products and services to deliver 5G, including antennas and associated professional services.