Vodafone Hutchison Australia has announced just prior to the new year that it will go with Nokia to supply 5G equipment.
In a statement on Monday, Vodafone said it would begin to switch on its first 5G sites "in and around" Parramatta over the coming months, which previously made up a test network.
"We started our 5G journey with Vodafone in 2016 and are now moving from trials to reality. Nokia's end-to-end portfolio has a key role to play here, with this deal including 5G radio access network, IP/optical, microwave, deployment and managed services, as well as software," Nokia president of EMEA and APAC customer operations Federico Guillén said.
The agreement between the pair is set to run over 5 years, with Vodafone adding the deal will allow it to place orders for site delivery with Nokia, and that it can reuse its existing 4G spectrum for 5G with the Finnish equipment manufacturer.
"We have been preparing for the evolution of 5G for a long time," Vodafone Australia CEO Iñaki Berroeta said.
"Our focus has always been to deliver the best possible mobile service for our customers. With 5G devices only just starting to become more widely available, now is the right time to start rolling out 5G. We're excited to continue this journey with Nokia."