Under the deal Nokia will supply and integrate a 5G network for Vodafone NZ which will be launched in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown in late 2019.
The deal, including Nokia’s AirScale radio access network, cloud-native core and design services, which Nokia says “provides further proof” of the strength of its end-to-end portfolio, with its 5G portfolio offering operators the necessary flexibility and capabilities to deliver 5G services to both consumers and enterprises.
“We are excited to be joining forces with Vodafone New Zealand, our partner of over 20 years, to bring 5G to New Zealand,” said Tommi Uitto, Nokia’s President of Mobile Networks.
Tony Baird, Technology Director, Vodafone New Zealand said: “We are excited to be working with Nokia to deliver a commercial 5G network for Vodafone and New Zealand, building on our proud heritage of being first to deliver to Kiwis, the best mobile technology available at the time, including 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G.”
“This is a tremendous milestone for Vodafone NZ and Nokia, particularly since 5G already has mindshare amongst consumers and enterprises in New Zealand”, said Phil Marshall, Chief Research Officer, Tolaga Research.
“It marks the next chapter in a long and prosperous partnership between Vodafone NZ and Nokia, and is testament to the robustness of Nokia’s 5G portfolio.”
As reported by iTWire in May, it was announced that Vodafone New Zealand had been bought by a consortium of long-term investors, New Zealand-based Infratil, and Canada-based Brookfield Asset Management for €2.1 billion (NZ$3.59 billion).
Announcing the deal, in a statement the Vodafone Group, which owns 100% of Vodafone New Zealand, said once the sale was finalised, it would enter into a multi-year partner marketing arrangement which would included preferential roaming arrangements, access to Vodafone’s global Internet of Things platform and central procurement functions, plus a range of services for business and consumer markets.