Nokia and Telefónica Germany have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) about a joint 5G Innovation Cluster.
Both companies have agreed to test network solutions and technologies on the path to 5G in Telefónica’s lab in Munich. This will be followed by trials in the operator’s live network, currently planned with priority in Berlin with the objective of building a benchmark network with 4.5G, 4.9G and 5G technology, providing the best user experience to Telefónica’s customers.
Nokia’s 4.5G, 4.9G technologies deliver advances such as increased speed, capacity and improved latency, providing a clear path to 5G. Under the agreement, Nokia will focus on trials that maximize the use of existing network assets and help Telefónica to meet the evolving demand and explore new business opportunities.
Key technologies to be implemented by Nokia in the Innovation Cluster include Massive MIMO for high-throughput, multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) for Ultra-Reliable Low latency Communications (URLLC). URLLC is required by critical machine-to-machine type communications in factories and for autonomous driving. Another main focus is to deliver an immersive virtual reality video experience e. g. in stadiums or at touristic sites.
Cayetano Carbajo, CTO, Telefónica Germany said: “Our innovation collaboration in Germany follows a global agreement with Nokia to explore technologies on the path to 5G. Having access to Nokia’s latest portfolio will enable pre-testing and understanding new technologies thus helping us to further enhance the user experience in our network.”
Marc Rouanne, President of Mobile Networks, Nokia added: “This joint Innovation Cluster is a manifest of our long-standing excellent relationship. We have a strong presence in Telefónica’s radio network in Germany and it is important that we work jointly to innovate on the path to 5G, preparing the network for future demand and business opportunities.”