Nokia to build nationwide 5G standalone network in Uzbekistan

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Tuesday, 21 May, 2024

Nokia to build nationwide 5G standalone network in Uzbekistan

Nokia has announced a landmark deal with Perfectum, a mobile network operator in Uzbekistan, marking a significant step towards the deployment of cutting-edge 5G technology in the country.

As sole supplier, Nokia will provide a full end-to-end 5G standalone (SA) solution to Perfectum — including radio access, transport, core networks and applications of network automation, service orchestration, mediation and charging — and streamline the implementation process and maximise operational efficiency. The core network and applications are deployed on Red Hat OpenShift, which is integrated in the Nokia Cloud Platform.

The commercial launch of the 5G SA network — understood to be the first in Central Asia — is planned for Q4 2024 in Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan, with step-by-step extension to all regions in Uzbekistan expected in the next two years. Perfectum’s subscribers will be able to experience high-speed, low-latency internet connectivity services, as well as voice services with national coverage.

The 5G rollout is a strategic investment into the future of Uzbekistan, aligning with the government’s digital transformation agenda and the increasing demand for high-speed connectivity in the region. Improved connectivity, higher capacity and data rates enabled by 5G will support several areas including remote working, telemedicine and smart city initiatives, as well as new services and applications across industries, fostering a digital ecosystem and driving economic growth in the country.

“Nokia’s expertise and global reputation make them a trusted partner for the important task of starting the 5G era in Uzbekistan, and ensuring a successful deployment and long-term support for the network,” said Perfectum CEO Dmitry Shukov. “This deployment is an important step to keep pace with the rapidly evolving digital landscape in the region, and to leverage the transformative potential of 5G technology for our society and economy at large.”

Dr Rolf Werner, Head of Europe, Mobile Networks at Nokia, said, “We are excited to work with Perfectum to bring a state-of-the-art nationwide 5G standalone network to the people of Uzbekistan. Perfectum has our full commitment for the success of this project, including continuous support, training and collaboration to ensure they achieve their objectives of delivering a superior network experience for end users, spearheading digital transformation in the country.”

Image credit: iStock.com/Lukas Bischoff

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