Finnish vendor Nokia has secured an early ten-year contract extension with Orange's Poland unit.
The improved deal will cover half of Orange Polska’s network in northern Poland and run until 2026. It will involve the modernisation of Orange Polska’s existing radio infrastructure and upgrading 5G capabilities.
Nokia will work to phase out all 3G network infrastructure to enable the reallocating of frequencies to boost 4G coverage and capacity, a network refresh that will continue into 2025.
Nokia will also supply equipment from its latest energy-efficient AirScale portfolio including Single RAN, AirScale base stations, and 5G Massive MIMO antennas for the operator’s 5G solution.
The Finnish vendor will also supply equipment that taps into C-band (3.4GHz-3.8GHz) spectrum, a resource Nokia said is a “crucial resource” for operators to deliver 5G network capacity and coverage to customers.
Nokia mobile networks president Tommi Uitto said: “This extension to our existing contract is a demonstration of the ongoing success of our partnership with Orange Polska as well as their trust in our technology. I look forward to seeing this collaboration deepen as we look to deliver 5G services across Poland including in mid-band C-Band spectrum which will offer enhanced coverage and capacity to their customers.”