Nokia and Iliad are to intensify the cooperation with the objective of accelerating the diffusion of 5G in Italy and France. After the release of the Iliad, dating back to last September, the Finnish company confirms it, remembering the covenant of the league from time to the operator: Nokia has been working with Iliad on 3G and on 4G since 2012 in France and from 2018 In Italy – and is now ready to accompany the fourth mobile-phone operator of the Italian in the emerging field of networks 5G.
To achieve the purpose, Iliad will use the base station to the 5G family AirScale and the antennas massive MIMO 5G of Nokia. The architecture AirScale offers full compatibility with the next-generation networks, both with the current 4G/LTE. It is, therefore, an investment that will produce its fruit in the long term, while in the immediate future will allow the operator to start the transition path towards the ones that will be the first commercial offers 5G.
We want to offer our customers the best experience 5G can and it is for this reason that we have chosen to strengthen our relationship with Nokia as we enter into the era of 5G. Solutions and innovative technologies of Nokia for the 5G, allow us to launch quickly and effectively, offering the performance of the network above and we are in a condition to meet the challenges of the future. Thomas Reynaud – CEO of the Group Iliad.
The declared objective is to offer connectivity 5G to 17 million customers who have chosen Iliad in France and Italy (the Italian ones are more than 5 million according to official figures), but do not know according to what timing. The agreement with Nokia is, however, essential to lay the foundations for infrastructure in view of future offers 5G of the Iliad.
A few days ago, Reynaud has identified the onset in the market for 5G as one of the objectives of the group for the year 2020, and has asked for clear rules for all Italian operators that are investing in the industry (remember that, in January, Iliad has criticized the agreement between Fastweb and WindTre on the 5G, and that the story has gone the way of the administrative court).