Ericsson will modernize TDC's entire Radio Access Network (RAN) network with the latest from Ericsson Radio System , while TDC's core network will be modernized with Ericsson's dual-mode 5G Cloud Core .
Roll-out of Ericsson 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software products will begin in 2019 in line with 5G licensing obligations. TDC will make 5G available to selected customers under pilot testing from mid-2019, with actual 5G network roll-out expected to be initiated in October – pending the anticipated approval and availability of licensed 5G spectrum.
TDC is targeting the end of 2020 to provide nationwide 5G coverage in Denmark.
The deal will also see Ericsson working in partnership with TDC to upgrade its existing 4G LTE network.
The companies have also signed a five-year managed services contract, centered on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) – and automation-driven Ericsson Operations Engine, which will see Ericsson operate TDC's network from September 2019.
Under the agreement, about 100 network operations professionals will be transferred to Ericsson.
The strengthening of the TDC-Ericsson partnership means TDC's subscribers will be among the first in Europe to benefit from new 5G-enabled enhanced mobile broadband experiences. Examples include gaming, infotainment, streaming and interactive services.
TDC will also be able to help enterprises and industries of all sizes in Denmark to pursue new value-add IoT and Industry 4.0 opportunities on a global scale, enabled by 5G.
TDC and Ericsson will also collaborate to drive joint 5G-enabled innovation activities, tapping Ericsson's global R&D ecosystem, including Ericsson's closest physical R&D facility in the Öresund region of Lund, Sweden.