KPN has selected Ericsson as its provider for standalone 5G technology. The Dutch telecommunications company awarded the Swedish firm, over the likes of China’s Huawei, with a five-year contract as its mobile core network vendor. The agreement will see Ericsson deploy dual-mode 5G core software with full support services, including an accompanying systems integration program with third-line support services. The Swedish company will also be tasked with upgrading KPN’s existing 2, 3 and 4G packet core and signaling technology, as well as to enable the communications service provider to deploy its first standalone 5G network.
“With our new 5G core network, we’re entering the next era of mobile technology. By partnering with Ericsson on the latest technologies, gigabit data rates, real-time communication and massive IoT are becoming reality,” says Babak Fouladi, Chief Technology and Digital Officer at KPN. “This will enable new functionalities and capabilities for our customers and society and confirms KPN is truly delivering on its promise to be the network of the Netherlands.”