Tuesday, 13 October 2020 07:27

Belgium's biggest mobile provider chooses Ericsson for 5G core

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Swedish telecommunications equipment provider Ericsson has signed a deal with Belgium's biggest mobile provider Proximus to provide the latter with 5G core equipment and also modernising its existing 4G core.

This brings to 111 the number of commercial 5G deals or contracts with operators that Ericsson has globally, including 65 live networks.

The 5 core will be built on Proximus' cloud infrastructure, Ericsson said in a statement, adding that the cloud-native solution was based on its dual 5G Core.

The same technology will be used for the renewal of the 4G network. Proximus has about 45% of the Belgian market.

Geert Standaert of Proximus' chief network business unit said: “The decision to collaborate with Ericsson is an important step in the execution of our network strategy.

"Proximus is committed to building the best gigabit network for Belgium, and the renewal of our mobile network equipment is a key element in this strategy for the coming years.

"Together with Ericsson, we will work hard to build a best-in-class, energy-efficient, and future-proof mobile network for the benefit of the entire country.”

For both companies, this will be the first large scale collaboration in Belgium.

Ericsson's president for Europe and Latin America, Arun Bansal, said: “The core is a crucial part of any network. With decades of experience and live 5G networks all over the world, Proximus has chosen Ericsson to deliver reliable, sustainable and secure connectivity.

"Our cloud-native solutions mean an efficient transition to a future-proof network, and with our leading 5G portfolio, we are ready to support the market leaders in Belgium to deliver 5G.

"5G will be critical national infrastructure in realising Belgium’s digital future, boosting investment in the country and driving the digital economy.”


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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