Nokia to test 5G on Telefonica’s Spanish network

2017-09-14 10:37:34 |

Nokia and Telefonica have signed an agreement to evaluate technologies enabling an efficient network evolution to 5G in line with Telefonica’s business objectives, according to a company release published on September 13, 2017. The companies will assess how higher performance 4G and 5G networks will lead to the creation of compelling new services.
Nokia has created a path to 5G for operators such as Telefonica using its 4.5G, 4.5G Pro and 4.9G technologies, which deliver advances such as increased speed, capacity and improved latency where and when needed. Under the agreement, Nokia will focus on trials that maximize the use of Telefonica’s existing network assets, ultimately helping it meet the growing and evolving demands of individual subscribers and the internet of things (IoT).
Leveraging licensed and unlicensed spectrum as well as Nokia massive MIMO capabilities, the companies will conduct trials to increase capacity in busy city center hot spots as well as in suburban and rural areas, particularly in markets where traditional LTE spectrum is limited. Other trials will use Nokia Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) for the delivery of ultra-low latency communications. MEC allows data to be processed closer to the end-user to enable the faster network response time required by critical machine-to-machine type communications in enterprises such as factories and mines, and to deliver an immersive virtual reality video experience in stadiums.
Nokia and Telefonica will also investigate network slicing techniques on a cloud-native core network using Telefonica’s UNICA cloud platform. This will allow Telefonica to leverage a common network infrastructure to deliver discrete services to a variety of new and existing customers. Telefonica established the UNICA program with the aim of using network functions virtualization and software defined networking to transform the way it delivers customer services, meeting new customer demands rapidly and in the most efficient way.

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