Síminn and Ericsson to deploy 5G and IoT in Iceland
May 9, 2019
Icelandic service provider Síminn and Ericsson are moving towards 5G and massive IoT deployment in Iceland.
Síminn (Iceland Telecom) wants to ramp up the move towards 5G through a core network and radio access modernisation partnership with the Swedish telecoms giant.
As part of its 5G preparations, Síminn will modernise and expand its radio network and continue to deploy the 5G-ready Ericsson radio system.
The two companies will conduct 5G trials enabled by Ericsson 5G New Radio and spectrum sharing. Síminn is also eyeing the introduction of new IoT services on its 4G network, including NB-IoT and Cat-M1.
The agreement aims to accelerate the growth of Iceland’s IoT ecosystem across diverse use cases. NB-IoT enables low data rate applications in challenging radio conditions, for example connecting utility meters and sensors.
“We will continue to provide our customers with access to world-class network infrastructure and the services needed to be competitive now and in the future,” said Orri Hauksson, CEO of Síminn. “Our customers are used to Síminn enabling their lives through our networks since 1906. We take that responsibility seriously. We are anxious to make the jump towards 5G with Ericsson’s technology like we have for over a hundred years.”
In addition to the radio network, Síminn has also chosen Ericsson to modernise its core network including with its cloud packet core portfolio upgrades to support the transition from 4G to 5G.
The deal includes geo-redundant Ericsson network functions virtualisation infrastructure operated on Ericsson’s blade server platform with virtual user data consolidation and fast VoLTE.
Fast VoLTE enables HD voice services with simultaneous LTE-speed surfing, paving the way for more advanced communication services.
“This agreement extends our strong, long-term partnership with Síminn and supports them in their journey towards 5G,” said Jenny Lindqvist, head of Ericsson in northern and central Europe. “It also shows that Síminn is a frontrunner in giving their customers access to the latest cutting-edge technology and services in the advanced Icelandic market.”