Ericsson has been selected by Danish service provider, TDC, to roll out nationwide commercial 5G as part of a major network overhaul, and provide managed services through the Ericsson Operations Engine.
Also encompassing R&D innovation, the collaboration will enable TDC to drive its ‘Digital Denmark’ ambitions – to empower a new digital economy era and enhance Denmark’s reputation as a digital leader – by helping mobile broadband subscribers, enterprises, industries and society to capitalise on 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0.
TDC’s 5G network will be enabled by Ericsson’s 5G platform. Ericsson will modernise TDC’s entire Radio Access Network (RAN) with the latest solutions from Ericsson Radio System, while TDC’s core network will be modernised with Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G cloud core solution.
Rollout of Ericsson 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software products will begin in 2019 in line with 5G licensing obligations. TDC will make 5G available to selected customers under pilot testing from mid-2019, with actual 5G network rollout expected to be initiated in October – pending the anticipated approval and availability of licensed 5G spectrum.
TDC is targeting the end of 2020 to provide nationwide 5G coverage in Denmark.
The deal will also see Ericsson working in partnership with TDC to upgrade its existing 4G LTE network.
The companies have also signed a five-year managed services contract, centred on the Artificial Intelligence (AI)- and automation-driven Ericsson Operations Engine, which will see Ericsson operate TDC’s network from September 2019.
It encompasses network operations, field services, customer experience management, network planning and optimisation. TDC customers will benefit from best-in-class proactive network performance powered by Ericsson’s global scale, processes, Artificial Intelligence and automation solutions.
Under the agreement, around 100 network operations professionals will be transferred to Ericsson.
The strengthening of the TDC-Ericsson partnership means TDC’s subscribers will be among the first in Europe to benefit from new 5G-enabled enhanced mobile broadband experiences. Examples include gaming, infotainment, streaming and interactive services.
TDC will also be able to help enterprises and industries of all sizes in Denmark to pursue new value-add IoT and Industry 4.0 opportunities on a global scale, enabled by 5G.