Apr 19, 2021

LG Uplus taps Nokia to supply indoor small cell 5G

Harry Menear
2 min
Korean carrier LG Uplus has selected Nokia’s AirScale solution to provide indoor 5G connectivity via small cell across the country
Korean carrier LG Uplus has selected Nokia’s AirScale solution to provide indoor 5G connectivity via small cell across the country...

Nokia has announced a new agreement with South Korean telecom carrier LG Uplus to expand the company’s indoor 5G coverage throughout the country using its portfolio of AirScale products.

The next generation 5G equipment will be integrated into LG Uplus’ national 5G network over the coming months, partially in response to complaints leveraged against it and Korea’s other major telecom operators, SK Telecom and KT, that existing indoor 5G coverage has exhibited poor performance and been plagued by “not spots”. 

Last month, it was revealed that South Korean telecoms were facing an $890,000 class action lawsuit brought against them by around 1,000 smartphone users over “spotty coverage”

The deployment of Nokia’s AirScale portfolio will, hopefully, address some of those issues for LG Uplus. The agreement is reportedly the first of its kind in Korea and will see Nokia install “its cost-effective, next-generation small cell AirScale Indoor (ASiR) systems in a range of indoor locations including shopping malls and office buildings.” 

The AirScale line is composed of Nokia’s Digital Baseband unit and ASiR-pRRH solution (pico Remote Radio Head) and features “multi-operator and multi-band support” that “will enable LG Uplus to provide 5G connectivity.” 

AirScale’s compact form factor will, hopefully, allow LG Uplus to quickly roll out the technology across its network. 

“Nokia’s AirScale system will help provide seamless 5G connectivity in indoor locations and environments. Its cost-effective, flexibility and compact design enables us to enhance our 5G offering,” said DaeHee Kim, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Infra Technology Group at LG Uplus.

The announcement comes just a few days after LG Uplus, along with KT and SK Telecom, announced its potential solution to the other major criticisms levied against its network: poor rural coverage. 

Last week, the three carriers announced plans to share their 5G networks in 131 more remote parts of Korea, such as remote coastal and farming towns. 

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Jun 11, 2021

ZTE Corporation drives Cellcard’s 5G ambitions for Cambodia

Scott Birch
2 min
Cambodian telco Cellcard turns to ZTE Corporation as the trusted partner to deliver 5G ambitions and boost national economy

When Cambodia’s only locally-owned telco, Cellcard, recognised the opportunity to develop 5G for the nation, it turned to global connectivity leader ZTE Corporation.

Serving a quarter of the world’s population, ZTE Corporation has been dedicated to enabling connectivity and trust since 1985, offering end-to-end product lines and integrated solutions for the telecommunications industry.

With more than 10% of annual revenue invested into research and development centres in the United States, Sweden and China, ZTE Corporation prides itself on owning more than 38,000 patents.

Now, the company has its sights set on the future, specifically the global commercial deployment of 5G and the opportunities that it brings.

Cellcard’s CEO Ian Watson is determined the telco will be the first to achieve full 5G coverage in Cambodia – in part to take advantage of the esports opportunity.

“Sixty per cent of the Cambodian population is under 30,” Watson told Mobile Magazine. “So you have this segment that can drive a lot of revenue for telcos. We realised from the research and industry trends that esports was becoming a huge phenomenon in Cambodia. So we said, what can we do to bring this to the youth? And the answer is in the network: consistency, low latency. It’s not just about the price: it’s about the consistency, quality and everything else.”

Cellcard, part of the Royal Group of Companies, signed a deal with ZTE Corporation for the introduction of 5G and increase of 4G coverage and capacity across Cambodia at the end of 2020.

The agreement cemented plans for the rolling out of 5G as well as evolving its 4G LTE coverage and quality – a significant financial investment that will position Cambodia as one of the leading nations in the region for 5G adoption.

This transformation of the ICT sector will directly impact citizens’ lives through technologies such as IoT, Big Data, AI, and AR to help drive a strong Cambodian economy.


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