Orange has selected Nokia to deploy its Self-Organizing Networks (SON) technology to enhance efficiency of 5G networks.
The deal will cover all of Orange’s markets, starting with France and Spain. Finland-based Nokia is already offering support for 2G, 3G and 4G spanning more than one million Orange radio cells in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Nokia SON operates on top of any vendor’s radio technology, enabling Orange to optimize its networks regardless of who built them. SON offers Orange the power to automate radio network configuration and optimization processes, as well as improve network performance and efficiency to support the increasing demands of 5G.
Arnaud Vamparys, senior VP Radio Networks and 5G at Orange, said: “The complexity of radio optimization is growing with 5G beamforming and Nokia’s flexible, automated and multi-vendor platform enables us to maintain our exemplary network quality and customer satisfaction in the 5G era.”
Mark Atkinson, Head of RAN at Nokia, said: “We appreciate and understand that our CSP customers have a technology stack that spans multiple vendors, which can lead to inefficiencies and complexity. Working with Orange and its global affiliates to optimize and simplify their multi-vendor networks is a challenge we relish and are proud to be part of.”