Hrvatski Telekom selects Ericsson as Sole 5G RAN Supplier
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Hrvatski Telekom and Ericsson Nikola Tesla signed a cooperation agreement making ENT the exclusive supplier of the radio part for HT's mobile network until 2024. This is the first 5G agreement signed in Croatia by Croatian companies.
With this agreement, the two companies are continuing their long-term quality cooperation that enables technological, economic and social progress. They have partnered since 2018 to modernize HT’s radio network. In addition to enhanced mobile broadband, HT aims to boost digitalization and Industry 4.0 through the innovation opportunities enabled by its 5G network.
“The past months made it clear how vital the ICT industry and investments in digital infrastructure are, as they are a key lever for the society's digitalization and return to economic growth. The cooperation with Ericsson is the latest example of our commitment to supporting the economy and society and we intend to continue keeping the pace of our network investment plan and connecting everyone in Croatia with the digitalization opportunities,” said Kostas Nebis, CEO at Hrvatski Telekom.
“5G technology implementation is applicable on a broad scale and resonating with Croatia’s needs, such as enabling higher energy efficiencies through smart metering and dynamic management of power supply, higher efficiency in agriculture through connected and automated devices and machinery, or optimization of irrigation processes, as well as in variety of other industries,” added Nebis.
"This agreement will enable cutting-edge solutions from Ericsson's radio system portfolio and the fifth generation of mobile communications in the coming period. Ericsson Nikola Tesla experts were among the first to work on the implementation of 5G networks globally. Ericsson has launched 40 5G networks on four continents so far. Our strength lies in Ericsson's technology leadership and our employees. As many as 1,500 of the 3,200 employees of the Ericsson Nikola Tesla Group work in the largest Croatian R&D center, which significantly contributes to the development of new functionalities of 5G networks within the global Ericsson R&D community," said Gordana Kovačević, President at Ericsson Nikola Tesla.
“I am proud that, after our first demonstration of 5G technology two years ago, we have now signed the first 5G agreement in Croatia. This partnership agreement will enable cutting-edge solutions from Ericsson's radio system portfolio and the fifth generation of mobile communications to transform the country in the coming period. As a reliable partner with over a century of communications experience, we’re ready to bring 5G to Hrvatski Telekom’s customers across Croatia,” said Arun Bansal, President of Europe and Latin America, Ericsson.