VEON selects Nokia for core network modernization of Beeline Georgia

Nokia announced that Beeline, a VEON-owned mobile operator in Georgia, has selected its cloud-native software to modernize core network.
Beeline smartphone customers in RussiaDeployment is expected to start in the third quarter of 2021.

Beeline Georgia also selected Nokia’s Home Location Register (HLR), making Nokia the sole network vendor for VEON in Georgia. HLR is a critical core component, given its role as the repository for storing subscriber data such as phone numbers and user location information.

Beeline’s 4G network serves 63 percent of Beeline Georgia’s customers and reaches 90 percent of the nation’s population.

In addition to HLR, Nokia will provide Cloud Packet Core (CPC) and Standalone Core. Nokia’s Cloud Mobile Gateway and Cloud Mobility Manager appliance solutions, from the CPC portfolio, will deliver a scalable and flexible Control/User Plane Separation architecture to enable Beeline to launch 5G services without making significant changes to the network.

Kaan Terzioglu, VEON Group CEO, said: “Modernizing our core network in Georgia with Nokia reflects our strong partnership, and will enhance our capabilities to deliver superior customer experience on Beeline Georgia’s 4G networks and help us prepare the groundwork for 5G technologies.”

Lasha Tabidze, Beeline CEO, said: “The solutions from Nokia will provide Beeline with the necessary adaptability, preparedness and potency to meet the demand for enhanced mobile broadband, the Internet of Things and advanced 4G services while enabling 5G capabilities of the future.”

Mikko Lavanti, Vice President, Head of Central Europe & Central Asia, Nokia, said: “Modernizing its core network will deliver a stronger, more responsive and more efficient customer experience and positions Beeline Georgia to move quickly to 5G once deployments get underway in the country.”