May 4, 2017

Nokia’s international network grows

Nokia is helping make the 5G connection Stateside.
Nokia is helping make the 5G connection Stateside.
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Nokia is to play a key role in T-Mobile’s plans to launch 5G nationwide in the US, with the Finnish telecommunications company also looking to enhance pilgrimage experiences in Saudi Arabia, develop a digital city in China and expand network coverage in Greece.

Nokia is co-operating closely with T-Mobile, which plans to launch 5G nationwide in the United States by 2020. In particular, T-Mobile plans to utilise all of its spectrum resources aligned with Nokia’s strategy to include low-bands such as 600MHz in 5G development.

“This collaboration to maximise spectrum is a very exciting development, and is a strong example of Nokia’s commitment to supporting its customers’ ambitions to create new capabilities to make 5G a reality, connecting everything to everything,” says Marc Rouanne, president of mobile networks for Nokia.

Meanwhile, Nokia is also working together with Zain Saudi Arabia to enhance experiences for pilgrims during the Umrah and Hajj pilgrimages to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Deploying Nokia’s Multiaccess Edge Computing (MEC) allows pilgrims access to specific applications on their mobile devices, even at such high-traffic events.

The Zain People Finder application allows pilgrims to locate one another in the crowd, and the Live Hajj application provides live video streams from the area.

“Umarah and Hajj is the most important events in the region and we pride ourselves on offering exceptional services to the pilgrims,” says Sultan AlDeghaither, CTO of Zain Saudi Arabia. “The deployment of the Nokia MEC platform and two smart Hajj applications on this network is yet another milestone in our evolution toward building smart cities in the kingdom.”

Elsewhere, Nokia has inked an MoU with the Tianfu New Area Chengdu Administrative Committee in China regarding digital city development. The breadth of work includes the construction of the data centre and related telecom infrastructure, the deployment of the trial network for the Internet of Things (IoT), the incubation of IoT applications and devices, big data and the deployment of an end-to-end optics network in Tianfu New Area.

And finally, Nokia has also upgraded the network capacity and performance of Cosmote, part of Greece’s largest telecoms provider OTE Group. The upgrade is set to benefit the underserved rural areas on the Greek islands, meeting the growing demand from locals and tourists.

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