Nokia and Claro deploy Colombia’s largest 5G network

  • Nokia and Claro have completed the first phase of Colombia’s largest 5G deployment, covering more than 1,000 sites across the country.
  • This round of 5G network deployment will lay the foundation for future Colombian innovations in the transportation, mining, energy, oil and gas industries.

Nokia has been a trusted partner of Claro for more than 20 years, covering 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G. Nokia and Claro Colombia recently deployed an industrial-grade dedicated 4.9G wireless network and edge computing solution at the Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahia port terminal in Cartagena, Colombia.
–Zora Lin, BTW reporter

What happened

Nokia and Claro announce the successful completion of the first phase of Colombia’s largest 5G deployment on June 26. The project, completed just four months after the Colombian authorities issue a 5G licence, will deliver state-of-the-art radio, core and transmission technologies to provide best-in-class coverage and connectivity.

Under the contract, Nokia will supply equipment for both indoor and outdoor scenarios from its comprehensive, energy-efficient AirScale portfolio. This includes base stations, high-capacity massive MIMO antennas, and long-range radio head (RRH) solutions. Nokia has also signed further agreements to deploy an additional 400 5G sites, providing its MantaRay NM solution for seamless network management and MantaRay SON for automated operations as well as network optimization and technical support services.

Tommi Uitto, President, Mobile Networks, Nokia, says: “Entering the 5G era, our industry-leading AirScale portfolio will set the stage for this change with superior capacity, performance and coverage, and I look forward to continuing this partnership in the years to come.”

Rodrigo de Gusmao, CEO of Claro Colombia, says: “5G connectivity is a game changer, with its incredible speed, security and capacity providing a higher level of service platform for our customers as well as a range of industries. We are excited to continue our long-term relationship with Nokia, who will help us lead this 5G revolution.”

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Why it’s important

The introduction of 5G technology will greatly boost Colombia’s digital transformation process. The high-speed, low-latency 5G network will support a variety of innovative applications such as telemedicine, intelligent transportation, virtual reality, augmented reality, etc., thereby increasing Colombia’s economic competitiveness and giving new impetus to the country’s development.

The 5G network, which covers more than 1,000 sites across Colombia, will provide best-in-class coverage and connectivity, improving the quality of life and productivity of the country’s people.

Nokia and Claro can further consolidate their leading position in the global communications market by successfully deploying Colombia’s largest 5G network. This will not only demonstrate their technical strength and service capabilities, but also help them gain more opportunities in the future market competition.

The successful cases of Nokia and Claro will provide an important reference and reference for the development of global 5G networks. Other countries can learn from their experience to accelerate their own 5G network construction and application promotion. At the same time, this will also promote the cooperation and exchange of the global communication industry, and promote the continuous progress of global communication technology.


Zora Lin

Zora Lin is an intern news reporter at Blue Tech Wave specialising in Products and AI. She graduated from Chang’an University. Send tips to

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