Slovenia’s T-2 signs five-year deal with Nokia

18 October 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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Slovenia’s T-2 has selected Nokia as its sole vendor in a deal that will see Nokia upgrade T-2’s existing Single RAN radio footprint as well as introduce enhanced 5G new radio (NR) services.

Nokia will provide equipment from its latest AirScale radio portfolio, powered by the ReefShark System-on-Chip technology. This includes 5G RAN, AirScale base stations, and Nokia AirScale radio access products including its Single RAN portfolio for both indoor and outdoor coverage. Nokia will also provide digital design and deployment for a faster time to market as well as optimisation and technical support services.

Jozef Zrimsek, CTO at T-2, said: “This important project will enhance the delivery of compelling new 5G services and use cases to our subscribers across the country. We are excited to expand our partnership with Nokia.”

Slovenia's first commercial 5G network launched on 20 July of last year with Ericsson providing kit to Telekom Slovenije. Initial 5G services were available to an estimated 25% of the population with Telekom Slovenije setting targets to increase that to 33% by the end of that year.

Slovenia held a multiband frequency auction in April of this year, raising a total of €164.2 million.

T-2 bid €18.2 million for 2100 MHz and 2.3 GHz licences. Meanwhile. Telekom Slovenia was the highest bidder, paying €52.1 million for licences in five of the six available bands, although it did not bid for the 2.3 GHz licence. Telemach, offered €51.6 million for frequencies in all bands; A1 Slovenia paid €42.4 million for spectrum in the 700 MHz, 1500 MHz, 2100 MHz, 3.5 GHz and 26 GHz ranges but did not bid for 2300 MHz frequencies.

Tommi Uitto (pictured), president of mobile networks at Nokia, said: “We are proud to expand our partnership with T-2 into the 5G era as their sole vendor. Our latest AirScale portfolio will help support T-2’s ambitious 5G roll-out plans and deliver incredible connectivity experiences across the country.”