A1 Austria selects Nokia for 5G RAN and core network

Nokia has won a multi-year deal from A1 Austria to supply 5G radio access and core network services in order to provide 5G coverage.
A1 Austria TelekomA1 Austria has started the deployment of products and services with the core element expected to be rolled out in the first half of 2021.

A1 Austria reported that its Capex in 2020 declined 26 percent. Capex in Austria fell 13.4 percent. The CAPEX reduction was a decision taken early in 2020 to ensure flexibility in unstable times due to COVID-19.

A1 Telekom Austria Group said it is currently working on developing alternatives to reap more benefits from its tower assets through a targeted management focus on internal efficiencies and higher tenancy ratios.

A1 Telekom Austria is planning approximately EUR 800 million Capex excluding spectrum investments and acquisitions in 2021.

Nokia will supply its AirScale portfolio including 5G RAN, AirScale base stations, and Nokia AirScale radio access products.

A1 will also launch 4G and 5G network slicing commercially following a pilot. The solution will support connectivity from 4G and 5G devices over the sliced network to applications running in private and public clouds. The slicing continuity between the networks allows operators to maximize their network coverage for new mobile connectivity services and deliver new value and business opportunities.

Nokia has a long-standing partnership with A1 which has included the expansion of 3G and 4G mobile networks and the rollout of Austria’s largest fiber-optic network.

In addition, Nokia and A1 Austria have deployed a number of private wireless campus networks in Austria, including installations at Magna Steyr, Vienna Airport, and 5G Playground Carinthia.

Marcus Grausam, CEO of A1 Austria said: “With Nokia as our partner, we have already worked side by side on many successful projects and we had no hesitation in continuing our collaboration to ensure that we realize the full potential of 5G technology.”