Ericsson has been selected by Danish service provider TDC to roll out nationwide commercial 5G, as part of a major network overhaul, and provide managed services through the Ericsson Operations Engine.
Ericsson will modernize TDC’s entire Radio Access Network (RAN) network with the latest solutions from Ericsson Radio System, while TDC’s core network will be modernized with Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Cloud Core solution. Roll-out of Ericsson 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software products will begin in 2019 in line with 5G licensing obligations.
TDC will make 5G available to selected customers under pilot testing from mid-2019, with actual 5G network roll-out expected to be initiated in October – pending the anticipated approval and availability of licensed 5G spectrum. TDC is targeting the end of 2020 to provide nationwide 5G coverage in Denmark. The deal will also see Ericsson working in partnership with TDC to upgrade its existing 4G LTE network.
The companies have also signed a five-year managed services contract, centered on the Artificial Intelligence (AI)- and automation-driven Ericsson Operations Engine, which will see Ericsson operate TDC’s network from September 2019. It encompasses network operations, field services, customer experience management, network planning and optimization. TDC customers will benefit from best-in-class proactive network performance powered by Ericsson’s global scale, processes, artificial intelligence and automation solutions.
Under the agreement, about 100 network operations professionals will be transferred to Ericsson. The strengthening of the TDC-Ericsson partnership means TDC’s subscribers will be among the first in Europe to benefit from new 5G-enabled enhanced mobile broadband experiences.