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Nokia and Telia Finland bring SA 5G to FWA

Nokia teamed up with Telia Finland to launch what the pair claimed was the first commercial 5G standalone (SA) network with network slicing for fixed wireless access (FWA), allowing the operator to prioritize network traffic depending on demand.

Telia said it was introducing SA 5G to its FWA home broadband services and the deal with Nokia involves the provider upgrading its entire next-generation RAN infrastructure to enable network slicing.

Nokia will use gear from its AirScale portfolio to perform the upgrade, including radio and 5G baseband products that have been used by other carriers to upgrade to standalone networks.

Thanks to network slicing, Telia can “allocate part of the network for 5G FWA”, flexibly balance traffic between it and mobile users and provide new services.

By being able to specify slices with different levels of speed, latency and data quality, Telia said it could offer a range of broadband offerings, depending on customer needs.

Nokia’s 5G FWA gateways are part of the deal and Telia will also use the provider’s carrier aggregation technology to make the most of its spectrum assets to improve coverage in key regions.

The Finnish supplier is already Telia’s exclusive supplier for 5G RAN and core in Finland.

Jari Collin, CTO at Telia Finland, said encouraging customer feedback following the launch of SA 5G led him to integrate the offering into his FWA services.

He noted that the “most innovative applications” will be built on Telia’s 5G network “and we want to keep Finland at the forefront of its development as this technology matures.”

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