A1’s national 5G network, based on a solution for the AirScale 5G access radio network, has been operating in Bulgaria for more than half a year. Nokia equipment supports gigabit download speeds and low latency. A1 Bulgaria claims to be the first operator in the world to conduct tests with Nokia’s new Compact Active Antennas solution. It allows the telecom to expand coverage, improve the quality of services and their efficiency, as well as optimize the physical space used.
The manufacturer of telecommunication equipment Nokia has been selected as the main provider for the radio network for access (RAN) on A1 Bulgaria, including 5G, the operator said. Nokia is already supplying the A1 with AirScale-type equipment for high-speed, low-latency Internet access. The deal announced today is a continuation of the long-standing partnership between the two companies. A1 uses Nokia’s new generation of active antennas in Sofia for its 2G, 3G and 4G network. Active antennas increase broadcasting efficiency, base station capacity, and signal range. In addition, Nokia equipment is energy efficient and compact, making it easier to install, especially in densely populated urban areas.
The technology was used by A1 during the start of the Ski World Cup in Bansko earlier this year and at several locations in Sofia. At the event in Bansko, A1 uses active antennas and Massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (mMIMO) technology to offer download speeds of over 1 Gbps. “Nokia has long been our strategic partner and their technology has already helped us offer a first-class 4G network, and now together we are building the next generation network that will provide better broadband access,” said Todor Tashev, Senior Director of Network and Services at A1 Bulgaria.
The company plans to build mixed (Non-standalone – NSA) networks and at a later stage switch to private networks, with ultra-low time delay and massive communication between machines. Currently, A1 Bulgaria offers 5G services in over 75 cities and resorts, which provides outdoor coverage for 50% of the country’s population, according to official information from the telecom.
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