Nokia Partners with Portugal's MEO for 5G Radio Equipment

Nokia's expansion, from Peru to Portugal
Nokia & MEO to supply 5G equipment in Portugal & in the Amazon rainforest, Nokia has connected 400 communities to its multi-gigabit broadband

Nokia is set to open a new contract with Portuguese telecoms operator MEO (previously known as Telecom Portugal), to supply 5G radio equipment. However, geopolitical tensions may complicate matters, as China's Huawei has been MEO's sole supplier of 2G, 3G and 4G Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment. 

Nokia returns to Portugal's RAN market with new MEO deal, focusing on 5G and sustainability goals

Finnish telecommunications multinational Nokia was founded in 1865 and is well remembered for its iconic 1990s and early noughties mobile phones. Now, Nokia is focused on networking equipment and solutions, from 5G infrastructure to fibre optics. The company is dedicated to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and aims to procure 100% renewable electricity by 2025 across all its facilities, aligning with the RE100 initiative.

In Nokia’s new deal with MEO, it would be Nokia's return to Portugal's RAN market, after the company lost its market share there to Huawei. Nokia has not supplied any communications service providers with RAN in the country since then. 

Chinese technology giant Huawei is best known for selling telecommunications. Huawei’s antenna solutions keep rental costs low for carriers which means they were able to roll out 5G faster than other companies. This company also provides virtual equipment switches and routers which help the 5G network.

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Nokia deploys fibre network across Amazon rainforest to connect 400 communities to multi-gigabit broadband

In another Nokia development, the company has deployed its fibre network across the Amazon rainforest, using Global Fiber Peru, a future-proof Optical, IP and fibre broadband network in the Amazon rainforest. This extensive network will help to minimise the digital divide and connect 400 communities to multi-gigabit broadband. 

Global Fiber Peru is a subsidiary of Satelital Group and was founded in 2015. The company operates as a fibre optic network with coverage throughout Peru. 

The subaquatic network based in the Amazon River interconnects over 500,000 users throughout 400 communities in the Amazon rainforest, also known as the three-border region, where Peru, Colombia and Brazil share borders.

The Nokia subaquatic optical backbone connects:
  • Peru: Iquitos and Santa Rosa de Yaraví
  • Colombia: Leticia
  • Brazil: Tabatinga

The region has a diversified economy which includes oil production, agriculture, timber extraction, fishing, tourism and border trade.

Nokia has deployed a complete solution that includes its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), 7750 service routers, 7250 interconnect routers, 7210 services access systems (SAS), network service platform (NSP), FX 8 and FX 16 optical line terminals (OLT), fibre optical network terminals (ONTs) and Nokia Beacon 1 to ensure a secure Wi-Fi experience across the customer premises. 

Nokia and FYCO will offer training, professional services and maintenance services.

"This project is important as it provides fibre connections for the first time to hundreds of communities in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest,” said Osvaldo Di Campli, SVP & Head of Network Infrastructure Americas at Nokia. “Broadband connectivity helps communities and local businesses grow and prosper. We are very happy to be part of this project and appreciate Global Fiber Peru's trust in Nokia and FYCO, and we look forward to future projects together."

The deal also includes upgrading the customer’s existing fibre networks in Lima, Cusco and Huancayo.

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