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Elisa Ramps Up Digitalization in Estonia

By Greg Tavarez

Communications service provider Elisa delivers telecommunications and digital services as well as 5G to 2.8 million customers in its core markets in Finland and Estonia. Its ability to deliver an end-to-end 5G Standalone connection in Finland with Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G core keeps the company on course with its mission of creating a sustainable future through digitalization.

Elisa’s work in Finland alone is a reason why the CSP is ranked highly on Ericsson’s ConsumerLab report, which investigates the different stages of 5G maturity among global operators. With the continuous support and encouragement from Ericsson, Elisa looks to enhance its network in Estonia and plans to roll out 5G SA during spring 2023.

“Elisa has a tradition of being first in its markets to introduce new 5G offerings to its customers,” said Jenny Lindqvist, head of Northern and Central Europe, Ericsson. “We are happy to partner with Elisa in those ambitions, operating at the forefront of digitalization with Ericsson 5G Standalone connectivity.”

Transitioning to a 5G SA network evolves the existing network architecture and enables transformative elements to be introduced that cater to new business opportunities or vertical needs. For Elisa Estonia this involves an expansion of the existing core network solutions Ericsson already supplies to Elisa Estonia and includes Ericsson Cloud Native Infrastructure solution as well as components of Ericsson’s cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core solution.

“Long-term collaboration between Ericsson and Elisa will focus on the migration of 5G standalone mobile technology to deliver the newest and most innovative solutions for residential and corporate segments to support the digitalization of society and industrial automation,” said Toomas Polli, head of Elisa's Technology Unit. 

5G SA powers next-generation use cases for enterprise and consumer customers of Elisa Estonia, supporting applications requiring the fastest connectivity, highest data rates and lowest latency demands, as well as network slicing capabilities.

Elisa Estonia customers expect to feel a performance improvement immediately as a 5G SA device connect six times faster to a 5G SA network,  which ultimately is a catalyst in Elisa’s digitalization mission in Estonia.

Given Estonia’s history of being on the leading edge of technology, despite its small size, the enhanced network infrastructure will serve the country and its digital economy well.

Edited by Erik Linask

SmartCity Editor

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