|Article by Matthias Pätzold|
|Nokia announced that the company has confirmed 42 commercial 5G deals (more than have been announced by any other vendor) across the globe. These deals include 22 well-known customers, such as T-Mobile, Telia, and Softbank.
Including these agreements, Nokia’s 5G deals, trials, and demonstrations amount to more than 100 5G customer engagements to date. Since the announcement of the 30th commercial 5G contract at the end of March 2019, the company has seen an average of one major contract win each week, with a steady pipeline in place for further agreements.
Nokia’s ability to deliver on crucial network transformation goals has been rewarded by the confidence shown by its existing customers. To date, every 4G customer that has come to Nokia to investigate how the company may work with them for 5G has selected Nokia as a vendor; cumulatively, Nokia believes that it will have a higher share with these customers in 5G than it had in 4G.
With an end-to-end portfolio that is unique in the industry, Nokia can work in partnership with operators to deliver “real 5G.” Nokia’s in-house 5G millimeter-wave (mm-wave) small cells and AirScale base transceiver station provide indoor and outdoor coverage, while the company’s microwave Anyhaul cloud native radio-access network, antennas, and 5G cloud-native core are part of approximately half of its agreements to date.
Beyond the company’s mobile networks portfolio, Nokia offers excellent FP4 network processor-based Internet protocol (IP) routers and Photonic Service Engine 3 chipset-powered optical networking. Nokia’s customers can use its network services platform to make this into a full 5G-strength software-defined connectivity “smart network fabric,” secured by Nokia Security Orchestration, Analytics, and Response technology to ensure resilient 5G.