Telia inks 5G mobile network deals with Nokia and Ericsson

Telia Company announced its mobile network deals with Nokia and Ericsson, indicating that it will not be working with Huawei and ZTE.
Telia CEO Allison Kirkby
Telia’s Capex during the third quarter of 2020 reached SEK 3 billion. Sales of Telia rose 2 percent to SEK 21,530 million during the quarter.

“Assuming we are successful in the upcoming Swedish spectrum auction we have the foundations in place to build the reliable 5G networks for the societies of the Nordics and the Baltics to benefit from. This kicks off a multiyear investment in our networks, ramping up in 2021,” Allison Kirkby, CEO of Telia Company, said.

Research firm Analysys Mason says 5G-enabled digital transformation will deliver EUR 161 billion in net benefit across Europe, with Sweden netting EUR 4,347million and Estonia EUR 391 million.

Nokia and Telia

Telia has entered into a five-year agreement with Nokia to strengthen digital infrastructure. Telia will also implement Nokia’s SA 5G Core solution across all its Nordic and Baltic markets.

The agreement primarily focuses on Finland, where Nokia will deliver radio access network technology (RAN) to base stations to modernize Telia’s 4G network and upgrade it to 5G. Telia will also implement the new Nokia SA 5G Core solution in all its markets.

This is a big win for Nokia because it is the sole supplier of 5G standalone core in all markets and of radio network technology in Finland.

The 5G network now being deployed by Telia in Finland is much more energy efficient than previous generations and is powered by 100 percent renewable electricity. The network is easy to upgrade and service, with less complexity and at a lower cost.

Telia opened the first pre-commercial 5G networks in Helsinki, Vantaa and Oulu in Finland in September 2018 together with Nokia. The commercial network was opened at the beginning of 2019, and the accelerated roll-out has continued to 42 cities in Finland, with a population coverage to date of over 25 percent.

Nokia said the five-year deal includes the modernization of legacy networks and will cover 7,500 sites. Nokia will be the supplier of 5G standalone core in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden in the Nordic and Baltic regions.

Ericsson and Telia

Telia announced five-year agreement with Ericsson in order to provide superior network experiences based on 5G to Telia’s 7 million subscribers in Sweden and Estonia.

The agreement focuses on Sweden and Estonia, where Ericsson will be the sole partner to deliver radio access network technology (RAN) to base stations in order to modernize Telia Company’s 4G networks and upgrade them to 5G.

Ericsson will support Telia to deploy 5G networks across Sweden and Estonia by 2025.

Ericsson is already supplying 5G network to Telia Norway, where it’s the exclusive technology partner.

Today’s deal will modernize the existing 4G networks in Sweden and Estonia to establish fast, ultra-high capacity 5G across a network of 10,000 cellular sites in an area of more than 500,000sq km.

Baburajan K