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Nokia goes Dutch on fibre, private with oil & gas, ends Daimler patent spat

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The Finnish eqiupment vendor has started June with a flurry of activity.

First up, DELTA Fiber Netherlands and Nokia have signed a sole-supplier deal that will enable DELTA to offer 10Gbps broadband in the Dutch market. The agreement covers the network and equipment for customer premises. The deployment will start with new build, moving on to replacing existing equipment.

The fibre to the home (FTTH) market in the Netherlands is expanding rapidly and highly competitive – see this story about KPN and ABP and this about Open Dutch Fiber and T-Mobile Netherlands.

DELTA Fiber, part of Swedish investment company EQT, plans to have 1 million homes and businesses connected to its network by the end of this year. Nokia is supporting the expansion with XGS.PON network equipment based on its Quillion chipset.

Retail subscribers will have XGS.PON-capable receivers installed with Wi-Fi 6 and supporting Nokia’s Wi-Fi mesh technology for network expansion within the home.

Network management

DELTA will manage the network with the aid of Nokia’s Altiplano Access Controller which enables network automation, faster innovation and simplified operations using software defined access network (SDAN) solutions.

The deployment will combine Nokia SDAN technology with Microsoft Azure cloud-based services and Nokia’s developer ecosystem to equip DELTA with the tools the operators needs for digital transformation.

John Wittekamp, CTO, DELTA Fiber, noted, “The shift towards home working is expected to outlast the pandemic as is interest in more immersive entertainment experiences. He added, “The network we are building is future-proofed for 25Gbps as our customers’ needs evolve.”

Private oil & gas

Nokia also announced that in collaboration with systems integrator, NetNordic, it is to enter into an eight-year frame agreement with Equinor. Equinor is one of the world’s biggest producers of oil, gas and wind power and Nokia and NetNordic are to deliver a private 4G and 5G-ready for Equinor’s international operations.

The industrial-grade private wireless network will support collaboration between teams across Equinor’s installations. The frame agreement includes hardware, software, design, radio planning, implementation and support.
Under the agreement, the private LTE network will be installed this summer at Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal windfarms in the UK, operated by Equinor.

End to litigation

Daimler and Nokia have signed a patent licensing agreement under which Nokia licenses mobile technology to Daimler and receives payment in return.

The parties have agreed to settle all pending litigation between them, including the complaint by Daimler against Nokia to the European Commission. The terms of the agreement remain confidential as agreed between the parties.