Nokia is set to bring 5G to New Zealand, following the announcement of the first commercial 5G network in New Zealand by Vodafone. It will supply and integrate a 5G network which will launch in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown in late 2019.
In addition to Nokia's AirScale radio access network, cloud-native core and design services, the deal provides further proof of the strength of Nokia's end-to-end portfolio. Nokia's 5G portfolio offers operators the necessary flexibility and capabilities to deliver services to both consumers and enterprises.
“We are excited to be joining forces with Vodafone New Zealand, our partner of over 20 years, to bring 5G to New Zealand,” said Tommi Utto, Nokia's President of Mobile Networks. “With this agreement, we will enable Vodafone New Zealand to deliver 5G services to their customers and create an even more connected society.”
On the other hand, Tony Baird, the technology director at Vodafone New Zealand said “We are excited to be working with Nokia to deliver a commercial 5G network for Vodafone and New Zealand, building on our proud heritage of being first to deliver to Kiwis, the best mobile technology available at the time, including 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G.”
For Vodafone New Zealand and Nokia, this is a tremendous milestone particularly since 5G already has mindshare amongst its consumers and enterprises in the country. It marks the next chapter in a long and prosperous partnership between both the companies and is a testament to the robustness of Nokia's 5G portfolio.