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Nokia and Orange strike global 5G network optimisation deal

Nokia and Orange strike global 5G network optimisation deal

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Telco equipment vendor Nokia, has announced it will expand its self-organising networks (SON) technology across 5G networks operated by one of the world’s leading telecommunications carriers, Orange.

The deal will cover all of Orange’s markets, starting with France and Spain. Nokia continues to offer widespread support for 2G, 3G and 4G spanning more than one million Orange radio cells in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In addition, The deal is the latest example of Nokia’s continued investment, capability and focus on developing technology that supports the practicality of 5G network upgrades.

Nokia SON operates on top of any vendor’s radio technology, enabling Orange to optimise its live commercial networks regardless of who built them. As a key tool in the Nokia network management and optimisation portfolio, SON offers Orange the power to automate radio network configuration and optimisation processes, as well as improve network performance and efficiency to support the increasing demands of 5G.

Arnaud Vamparys, Senior VP, Radio Networks and 5G, Orange, said: “As a long-term partner, Nokia was a natural choice to help us automate our mobile networks in different geographies. The complexity of radio optimisation 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, RAN, Nokia, said: “5G deployments and rollouts look much simpler on paper than they do in the real world. 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 optimise and simplify their multi-vendor networks is a challenge we relish and are proud to be part of.”

Nokia SON lets Orange automate operations to realise the full potential of their existing 2G, 3G and 4G networks while also supporting the progressive deployment of 5G.

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