Products and solutions from Ericsson’s cloud native dual-mode 5G Core portfolio including Network automation and Cloud Infrastructure, will drive A1 Telekom’s 5G Core networks in both countries.
The deal follows the previously announced agreement on A1 Croatia selecting Ericsson 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) products and solutions from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio to build their 5G network.
Alexander Kuchar, Director Group Technology and Future Services, A1 Telekom Austria Group, says Ericsson’s long standing and reliable partnership with the communications service provider was key in its selection to meet A1 Telekom’s objectives of delivering the best communications and entertainment services user experiences for both subscriber and enterprise customers.
He adds: “At the same time, we are taking a strong stand on virtualization, automation and simplification of our network architecture.”
Jenny Lindqvist, Head of Northern and Central Europe, Ericsson, says: “Building on our long-standing proven commitment to the A1 Telekom Group, Ericsson will work closely with A1 Telekom to deliver the best possible 5G user experiences, innovation and new business opportunities across its customer base in Croatia and Bulgaria. 5G technology – and the other next-generation technologies that it drives, such as artificial intelligence (AI), augmented realty (AR) and virtual reality (VR) – is set to change the lives of people, enterprise and industry across Croatia and Bulgaria.”
Ericsson currently has 145 commercial 5G agreements or contracts with communications service providers globally, 95of which include live 5G networks.