Ericsson and Azerbaijani communications service provider Azercell have signed a three-year 5G Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) spaning the joint deployment of 5G projects, trials, and use cases.
Ericsson and Azercell have already partnered to deliver a test 5G network in the city center of the capital, Baku, and a pre-commercial 5G pilot zone in the popular Fountains Square area of downtown Baku.
The 2020-22 MoU will include the extension of the pilot zone, including 5G use cases, as well as the introduction of Internet of Things (IoT) technology in the mining industry, agriculture, manufacturing, housing and communal services.
Vahid Mursaliyev, President, Azercell Telecom LLC, says: “Together with Ericsson, Azercell has launched the first 5G pilot network in the country and this fact puts our company on a par with the world leaders of the mobile market. We believe that 5G along with being a major step forward for mobile internet connectivity, will also open new possibilities for enterprises and industries to deliver greater efficiencies, productivity and empower user experiences.”
Sebastian Tolstoy, Head of Customer Unit Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Ericsson, says: “Together with our key partner in Azerbaijan, Azercell, we are happy to open doors to wider opportunities, innovative solutions, and applications that 5G can bring.’’
Ericsson currently has more than 75 commercial 5G agreements or contracts with unique communication service providers, of which 24 are live networks.
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