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A New Strategic Access Network Partnership: Nokia and Eastlink to Enhance 5G Network Capabilities

By Alex Passett

Here’s, at the bare minimum, one great common denominator between multinational telco and IT innovator Nokia and fellow telco services provider Eastlink: Both recognize the value of hard-working experts capable of reshaping market landscapes on national levels.

Nokia seeks to pioneer, as has been done before – from its point-contact transistors to satellites, from the first GSM call, text messages and 3G networks, or breakthroughs in microchips, massive MIMO and optical communications – and keep steady towards, as Nokia put it, “the next evolution of game-changers, where key networks meet cloud.”

Eastlink, with its own commitments to the delivery of exceptional customer services, has become a “Canadian gold standard” when it comes to connecting communities with fiber optic technology. From a humble Nova Scotian beginning to present day, Eastlink’s offerings have grown into a sophisticated, reliable network. (This is adding onto its existing partnership with YouTube, Netflix, Cisco, Ericsson, etc.)

The long story short? Both are blazing major digital trails.

Yesterday, Nokia and Eastlink made joint headlines as they announced a new, multi-year strategic access network partnership that is set to further modernize Eastlink’s network via Nokia’s comprehensive, energy-efficient AirScale 5G portfolio.

In that vein, Nokia’s industry-known AirScale 5G portfolio includes baseband, remote radio heads, and massive MIMO antennas, which provide more 5G coverage and easy deployment. (These are powered by a new generation of ReefShark System-on-Chip (SoC) technology for vast 5G capacity and spruced-up network performance, enabling more efficiencies across operations.

“Nokia is thrilled to partner with Eastlink to enhance their 5G network,” said Jeffery Maddox, President of Nokia Canada. “Nokia’s AirScale platform will deliver incredible 5G to Eastlink’s consumer and enterprise customers with cutting edge 5G speeds and reliability. We are thrilled to see more Canadians get the opportunity to enjoy these amazing technologies and to see the transformative impact of 5G technology.”

“We’re so pleased to welcome Nokia as part of our dual supplier radio network strategy,” said Jeff Gillham, Eastlink’s CEO. “We expect them to cover a sizeable portion of our mobile radio access network over the next few years. As a global leader in 5G technology, Nokia will be a key contributor towards helping us deliver the best mobile experience to our customers as we leverage their expertise of next-generation technology that focuses on energy-efficiency and security.”

The first Eastlink site using Nokia technology is expected to go live later this month.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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