Nokia (NOK) Boosts Armenia’s Network With Ucom Partnership

Feb 12 2024
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Nokia Corporation (NOK Free Report) has secured a pivotal collaboration with Ucom aimed at revolutionizing network connectivity in Armenia. The agreement entails the upgrade of Ucom's nationwide radio access network (RAN), along with enhancements to its core and IP network infrastructure, all orchestrated to pave the way for the future deployment of 5G services in the country.

Ucom is reportedly the fastest fixed and mobile services provider in Armenia. By leveraging Nokia's cutting-edge 5G AirScale portfolio, fueled by energy-efficient ReefShark System-on-Chip technology, Ucom anticipates a significant boost in performance and capacity. Moreover, Nokia's intelligent MantaRay Networks Management system promises consolidated network monitoring and management capabilities enriched with AI functionalities, ensuring enhanced efficiency and reliability.

Per the deal, Nokia will deploy a suite of solutions, including Cloud Packet Core portfolio, Cloud Operations Manager, Shared Data Layer and Subscriber Data Management, among others. The incorporation of Nokia IP routers across various network segments further solidifies the comprehensive nature of the upgrade.

The partnership has the potential to catalyze a new era of connectivity in Armenia and unlock new applications reliant on the speed and low latency of 5G technology, positioning Ucom as a leader in telecommunications advancements. It also positions Nokia to capitalize on the growing demand for advanced telecommunications infrastructure in the region.

Nokia is well-positioned for the ongoing technology cycle, given the strength of its end-to-end portfolio. Its installed base of high-capacity AirScale products, which enables customers to upgrade to 5G quickly, is growing fast. It is driving the transition of global enterprises into smart virtual networks by creating a single network for all services, converging mobile and fixed broadband, IP routing and optical networks with the software and services to manage them. Leveraging state-of-the-art technology, it is transforming the way people and things communicate and connect.

The company aims to create new business and licensing opportunities in the consumer ecosystem. It facilitates customers to move away from an economy-of-scale network operating model to demand-driven operations by offering easy programmability and flexible automation required to support dynamic operations, reduce complexity and improve efficiency. It seeks to expand its business into targeted, high-growth and high-margin vertical markets to address growth opportunities beyond its traditional primary markets.

The stock has lost 23.3% in the past year against the industry’s growth of 5%.

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