Nokia to deliver €10m 5G wireless network for Citycom

Nokia to deliver €10m 5G wireless network for Citycom Telecommunication Graz

27 November 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Nokia has been selected by Austrian telco Citycom Telecommunication Graz to deliver a 5G network covering Graz and the entire province of Styria, Austria.

Once deployed, Citycom Graz owned by the city of Graz, as the primary stakeholder in Holding Graz, parent of Citycom Telecommunications Graz - will be able to offer autonomous industrial-grade private wireless networks for public services and local businesses across the region.

The network is being developed with initial implementation focused on IoT for Smart City applications, both Nokia and Citycom Graz are developing further use cases. Overall, Citycom Graz plans to invest more than €10 milllion into the project.

“Given Nokia’s experience in providing robust, reliable private 5G networks we’re now able to provide the connectivity platform for technology innovations that can be utilized by a wide range of local stakeholders and public services providers,” said Bernd Stockinger, general manager at Citycom Telecommunications Graz.

As part of this investment, the University of Applied Sciences, Graz will deploy the Nokia IMPACT IoT software platform, enabling it to research and develop future IoT use cases that use both local expertise and 5G networking.

Specifically, the University of Applied Sciences, Graz will develop new IoT applications on the Nokia IMPACT IoT software platform as part of its post-graduate program.

“More and more cities are realising the benefits that low-latency, high-bandwidth connectivity can bring - delivering high productivity and efficiency as well as enhanced citizen quality of life,” added Patrick Langelaan, vice president of Europe South, Nokia Enterprise.

“With an ultra-reliable, high-performance 5G network, the city of Graz can take advantage of new applications becoming available, while also creating a local ecosystem of IoT excellence through use case development at the University of Graz.”

Citycom Graz commercially launch the network in Q1 2021 with an initially 50 macro base stations in the first phase. At full deployment it will comprise of more than 200 sites. In addition Nokia will also provide ongoing managed services, network planning and optimisation.