Nokia Networks is set to sponsor the 5G network architecture related research at the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany and work closely with the university to study the changes that are required in the telco architecture going forward.
5G networks will have to meet a wide array of diverse and extreme requirements. There will be need for super fast and reliable connectivity with virtually zero latency for use cases such as remote control of robots, and support for billions of sensors and things. 5G will provide consistent and high quality connectivity for people and things, creating the perception of infinite capacity. Furthermore, 5G networks will combine revolutionary technologies and existing mobile radio generations, as well as Wi-Fi, into a new system. Those technologies and layers will need to be managed as one.
A new network architecture is required to manage these complex multi-layer and multi-technology networks, and to build-in flexibility even for applications that are yet to be envisioned. 5G networks will have to be programmable, software driven and managed holistically to enable a diverse range of services in a profitable way.
To address all these requirements, Nokia Networks is working with leading research universities, such as University of Kaiserslautern, an academic leader in network architecture research, to define the next-generation network architecture. The cooperation with University of Kaiserslautern focuses on understanding the requirements of the Internet of Things and developing architecture components to address its needs.
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Nokia Networks is a major force driving 5G research and industry collaboration
Nokia Networks is advanced in 5G research and innovation, actively contributes to joint industry work, standardization, and spectrum and regulatory discussions. The company actively participates in collaborative research on 5G, such Europe’s 5G PPP (5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership).
Peter Merz, Head of Radio Systems, responsible for 5G research for FutureWorks, Nokia Networks, said: “5G is not only about new radio access technology, network architecture will play an important role as well. We are working with University of Kaiserslautern to develop components and capabilities that will make it possible to execute our vision for the 5G architecture.”
Prof. Dr. Hans D. Schotten, University of Kaiserslautern and Scientific Director, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), said: “The opportunity to do 5G research together with Nokia Networks is invaluable to our students and researchers. Equally, I am sure we will bring new thinking to Nokia Networks. I’m confident that together we will be able to come up with a basis for developing novel and highly efficient network architecture.”