A1 selects Nokia to extend 5G to Bulgaria, Serbia, and Slovenia

A1 Telekom Austria Group (A1) has selected Nokia to extend its 5G footprint outside of Austria into Bulgaria, Serbia, and Slovenia.
A1 5G network BelarusNokia will provide 5G RAN solutions from its AirScale portfolio to all three markets and 5G Standalone core network to Serbia and Slovenia. The deployment is already underway in Bulgaria and is expected to start imminently in all other markets.

Nokia is providing 5G coverage across Austria and will evolve its strategic partnership with A1 with this expanded deal. Nokia will provide equipment from its AirScale portfolio including 5G RAN and other Nokia AirScale radio access products which will deliver incredible speeds, connectivity, and capacity to their subscribers.

Nokia’s cloud-native 5G Standalone Core software leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence and will enable near zero-touch automation capabilities for A1 in Serbia and Slovenia to drive greater scale and reliability.

Nokia’s open 5G Standalone Core architecture will also give A1 the flexibility to be responsive to market demands while controlling costs at a time of growing network complexity by streamlining operations and unlocking crucial capabilities, such as network slicing.

Nokia will support A1 in their efforts to cover all major populated communities as well as main roads within the next 5 years. The rollout will offer innovative new services to consumers as well as vertical industries such as Industry 4.0. A1 is committed to continually improving and expanding its network infrastructure to maintain its position as market leader.

Nokia is a long-standing partner of A1 and had worked collaboratively to introduce 3G and 4G mobile networks as well as Austria’s largest fiber-optic network and multiple private wireless campus installations.

“As we take steps towards the introduction of 5G in these new markets it is imperative we have the best network infrastructure to offer our customers commercial 5G services that delivers all the technological advantages and benefits of 5G,” said Alex Kuchar, Group Director Technology & Future Services at A1 Telekom Austria Group.