State-backed provider Bhutan Telecom (BT) has partnered with Swedish vendor Ericsson for the deployment of 5G infrastructure. Under The terms of the agreement, Ericsson will be responsible for the rollout of a 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) network, including the vendor’s Radio System products and solutions, as well as related software upgrades. 5G services are expected to be rolled out in Q4 2021.
Commenting on the deployment, Nunzio Mirtillo, Head of Ericsson South East Asia, Oceania and India, was quoted as saying: ‘5G will undoubtedly serve as a socio-economic multiplier for the country. 5G with its better performance, ultra-high speed, and reliability will benefit consumers through use cases like enhanced mobile broadband and fixed-wireless access (FWA) initially. Over time, we will see many new transformative use cases in critical IoT emerge, where the speed, latency and security of the 5G network will be key.’
BT CEO Karma Jurme said of the deal: ‘We appreciate the government’s reliance on telecom infrastructure to boost the country’s digital infrastructure. The introduction of 5G will boost digital services in the country and enable Bhutan to become a digital society.’