Finnish multinational telecommunication company Nokia has entered into a deal with Thai mobile operator dtac. Under the three-year 5G RAN deal, the company will roll out 5G services in the North and North-Eastern parts of Thailand. Under the deal, the company will deploy 5G on mmWave band (26GHz) and low-band spectrum (700-900Mhz). Apart from this, the company will also improve networks on several other spectrum bands. Nokia, which has been in the country for 30 years, will also provide its AirScale Radio Access solutions for 4G and 5G networks. The Thai company will also deploy the NetAct Cloud network management system of Nokia Software.
The network of dtac will be bolstered by the use of IP/Optical portfolio solutions provided by Nokia. This will boost the network including a software-defined network (SDN)-ready IP/Optical network. Nokia has been providing 2G, 3G, and 4G networks in Thailand for around 3 decades. It is now all set to provide support to the efforts of digitization. While the process of deployment is expected to begin later this year, people privy to the development said that the work will take over a year to get completed. The deployment is expected to get completed in 2022.
Chief Technology Officer of dtac Prathet Tankuranun said that the company continues to deliver better data experiences by improving its network. While promising better access to the network across a broad range of devices, Tankuranun said that people will have enhanced 5G services once the deployment work is over. Nokia is delighted to extend its partnership with dtac. “It is a very good development as we are the first vendor to partner with dtac to provide 5G service. We look forward to supporting dtac with the help of the AirScale portfolio. Tommi Uitto, president of Mobile Network, said that this will enable dtac to provide persuasive 5G experiences. For the uninitiated, the deal is an extension of Nokia’s existing deal with dtac. Earlier, there were reports that Nokia lost USD 6.6 billion 5G contract. The contract was reported with Verizon but the company chose Samsung. Nokia CEO Pekka Lundmark said there are a lot of opportunities and they will continue to be among our top three customers.