Telenor teams with Cisco and NEC to deploy 5G xHaul transport network

21 October 2021 | Saf Malik

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Telenor has selected Cisco and NEC to deploy 5G xHaul transport networks in Norway and Denmark.

The project is a flagship initiative in which NEC and Cisco say they will take full advantage of the GSIA and collaborate to deliver “state-of-the-art networks” to the customer.

Cisco will supply its NCS 540 series and the cell site router for this project while NEC will provide value added services built on its IT expertise. NEC will implement architecture that enables scalable end-to-end IP/MPLS networks with bandwidth that can support the high capacity required by 5G.

“As a One-stop Network Integrator, NEC takes a customer-first approach, providing optimal solutions that match individual requirements based on our best-of-breed ecosystem, consisting of NEC's own products and those from industry-leading partners such as Cisco,” said Mayuko Tatewaki, general manager of the service provider solutions division at NEC Corporation.

“We are excited to contribute to the advancement of Telenor's 5G network evolution,” he added.

Similarly, NEC recently announced that its subsidiary Netcracker signed a multi-year partnership with Juniper networks to launch xHaul transport automation.

This partnership, though, is built on a well-established relationship between NEC and Telenor and is an extension of a global frame agreement signed in 2016 for Telenor’s 4G MPLS network in Scandinavia.

Cisco vice president of worldwide sales Shaun McCarthy said: “At Cisco, we continue to look for ways we can shape the future of the internet by providing unparalleled value to our customers and our partners.

“Through our partnership with NEC, we can help Telenor connect more people in Norway and Denmark and provide the automation and orchestration necessary to meet future demands on the network.”