Showing posts with label Nokia. Show all posts
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Nokia supplies GPON to Spectranet in Nigeria

Spectranet, Nigeria’s largest Internet Service Provider, will bring high-speed access to customers in Lagos and Abuja by deploying Nokia's GPON solution as part of an extensive FTTH rollout. The deployment includes the Nokia 7362 ISAM DF-16GW and the Nokia 7368 ISAM ONTs.

Spectranet has been providing wireless broadband services in Nigeria since 2013 using LTE.

Ajay Awasthi, Chief Executive Officer at Spectranet, said: “In today’s digital economy, our customers increasingly seek high-speed internet access to use applications like streaming ultra HD videos and online gaming. With Nokia’s GPON solution, we will be able to offer customers new ultra-broadband services that create a superior customer experience in the home and office.”

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Microsoft and Nokia target Industry 4.0

Microsoft and Nokia have formed a strategic collaboration targetting Industry 4.0 solutions for enterprises and communication service providers (CSPs). The idea is to drive industrial digitalization and automation across enterprises, and enable CSPs to offer new services to enterprise customers. The companies are targetting connected scenarios across multiple industries including digital factories, smart cities, warehouses, healthcare settings, and transportation hubs such as ports and airports.

The collaboration will leverage Microsoft’s Azure, Azure IoT, Azure AI and Machine Learning solutions with Nokia’s LTE/5G-ready private wireless solutions, IP, SD-WAN, and IoT connectivity offerings.

“Bringing together Microsoft’s expertise in intelligent cloud solutions and Nokia’s strength in building business and mission-critical networks will unlock new connectivity and automation scenarios,” said Jason Zander, executive vice president, Microsoft Azure. “We’re excited about the opportunities this will create for our joint customers across industries.”

“We are thrilled to unite Nokia’s mission-critical networks with Microsoft’s cloud solutions,” said Kathrin Buvac, President of Nokia Enterprise and Chief Strategy Officer. “Together, we will accelerate the digital transformation journey towards Industry 4.0, driving economic growth and productivity for both enterprises and service providers.”

Some highlights:

  • BT is the first global communications service provider to offer its enterprise customers a managed service that integrates Microsoft Azure cloud and Nokia SD-WAN solutions. BT customers can access this through a customer automated delegated rights service, which enables BT to manage both the customer Azure vWAN and the unique Agile Connect SD-WAN, based on Nokia’s Nuage SD-WAN 2.0.
  • The Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (Nokia DAC) 5G-ready industrial-grade private wireless broadband solution with on-premise Azure elements will enable a wide variety of secure industrial automation solutions. 
  • Nokia’s Nuage SD-WAN 2.0 solution now enables service providers to offer integration with Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN for branch to cloud connectivity, with the companies planning to offer more options for branch internet connectivity in 2020. By automating branch and hybrid WAN connectivity, enterprises will have simplified, faster access to cloud applications such as Office 365, integrated security from branch-to-branch and branch-to-Azure and reduced risk of configuration errors causing security or connectivity issues.
  • The companies are integrating Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) with Azure IoT Central to make the onboarding, deployment, management and servicing of IoT solutions seamless. This integration provides CSPs with the opportunity to offer their enterprises a single platform including vertical solutions to enable secure connected IoT services, such as asset tracking and machine monitoring on a national or global scale. Enterprises will be able to use Azure IoT Central and partner solutions for faster and easier enablement and implementation of their IoT applications together with Nokia’s IoT connectivity solutions.
  • Microsoft and Nokia are collaborating to host Nokia’s Analytics, Virtualization and Automation (AVA) cognitive services solutions on Azure. These AI solutions will enable CSPs to move out of private data centers and into the Azure cloud to realize cost savings and transform operations for 5G. 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Nokia and Innventure target satellite innovations

Nokia announced a partnership with Innventure, which commercializes innovative technologies, to accelerate commercialization of disruptive Nokia Bell Labs satellite communications technology and intellectual property in areas beyond Nokia core businesses.

The collaboration will focus initially on Adaptive Bandwidth Management (ABM) technology, which improves bandwidth utilization, security and resilience of satellite systems. The technology and inventions originate from Nokia Bell Labs.

Jenni Lukander, President of Nokia Technologies, said: “Nokia continues to explore new ways to help others benefit from Nokia innovations, while creating value from our industry leading portfolio of technologies and innovation. Innventure’s approach has strong potential to further develop selected Nokia innovations on a commercial level.”

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

France-IX updates its IP backbone with Nokia

France-IX, the premier Internet Peering Service Provider in France, has selected Nokia to upgrade its IP backbone.

The update will use the Nokia 7750-SR-s IP router to provide a higher port density to accommodate anticipated growth and the evolution of France-IX’ service offerings. Deployment of the new platform is due to start in Paris and Marseille this year with upgrades to all PoPs to be completed progressively from 2020.

These will also allow a smooth upgrade path from VPLS to EVPN (Ethernet VPN), as well as the ability to offer network automation and Telemetry. The new backbone will enable France-IX to be more flexible, allowing it to automate the provisioning of new services and cutting the time to their activation to less than a day from receiving a request from resellers and France-IX Marketplace sellers.

"We are very pleased to partner with France-IX as it takes another leap forward in renewing its infrastructure by selecting Nokia’s latest generation of powerful IP routers,” says Rafael De Fermin, Senior Vice President Europe and MEA for Nokia’s IP and Optical business. “Among the most innovative IXPs, France-IX is keen to scale 100G capacity and deliver 400G interconnection on a stable, programmable platform that leverages automation and reduces time to market for new services."

“We chose Nokia as our long-term partner because it offers the most advanced technology to homogenise the whole foundation for our IXP platform infrastructure starting with the renewal of our backbone and working towards a broader objective of achieving a long-term homogenous platform for all our PoPS,” says Simon Muyal, Chief Technical Officer at France-IX. “This major investment – the highest made by France-IX since its creation – will give us outstanding stability and the ability to meet our anticipated growth in terms of increased demand for capacity. We look forward to being able to scale valuable new service offerings, automate network operations, or rapidly deploy new services without constraints.”

http://www.franceix.net

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Nokia cites pricing pressure in early 5G deals, profitability challenges

Nokia reported Q3 net sales of EUR 5.686 billion, up 4% over the same period last year. On a constant currency basis, net sales increased 1%. Reported diluted EPS in Q3 2019 was EUR 0.01, compared to negative EUR 0.02 in Q3 2018, primarily driven by continued progress related to Nokia’s cost savings program.

Rajeev Suri, president and CEO of Nokia, stated: "Many of our businesses are performing well and we expect Q4 to be strong, with a robust operating margin and an increase in net cash of approximately EUR 1.2 billion. At the same time, some of the risks that we flagged previously related to the initial phase of 5G are now materializing. In particular, our Q3 gross margin was impacted by product mix; a high cost level associated with our first generation 5G products; profitability challenges in China; pricing pressure in early 5G deals; and uncertainty related to the announced operator merger in North America.



"I am confident that our strategy remains the right one. We continue to focus on leadership in high-performance end-to-end networks with Communication Service Providers; strong growth in enterprise; strengthening our software business; and diversification of licensing into IoT and consumer electronics."

https://www.nokia.com/about-us/news/releases/2019/10/24/nokia-corporation-financial-report-for-q3-and-january-september-2019/

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Nokia launches Intent-based Software-defined Access

Nokia outlined plans for a fully-integrated, Intent-based solution for fixed access networks.

Nokia’s new intent-based Altiplano Access Controller promises software-defined access with automated control of gigabit broadband solutions. The goal is to create software-defined access networks (SDAN) that are programmable and easier to adapt, automate and expand.

Sandra Motley, President of Fixed Networks at Nokia, said: “Innovative intent-based solutions like our Altiplano Access Controller are changing the game for how operators deliver services over their network. No longer confined by their underlying infrastructure, operators can now create a service with the assurance of knowing the network will automatically configure and adapt to support what’s needed.”

Nokia says Intent-based networking (IBN) further enhances the benefits of SDAN and serves as the next evolutionary step toward a fully autonomous network. Supporting both traditional and SDAN nodes, it allows operators to manage service availability from a business perspective instead of at the technology level.

Ray Owen, CTO at nbn, said:  “As a long-standing strategic partner for nbn, Nokia continues to play a key role in helping us evolve our network to meet our broadband access goals. Nokia’s cutting-edge SDAN technology allows us to manage the various G.fast deployments we have across the nbn FTTC network. It also gives us the flexibility to enhance the customer experience management and advance our own operations systems with integration into the Nokia SDAN open environment.”

Whitepaper on intent-based networking: https://onestore.nokia.com/asset/202237

Telia Finland deploys 5G Fixed Wireless Access with Nokia

Nokia is working with Telia to bring its 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) solution to customers across Finland.

Finnish customers that subscribe to Telia’s enhanced 5G service can now pick up a Nokia Fastmile 5G gateway in select stores, plug it in and have immediate access to Gigabit peak speeds in their home. An easy-to-use visual display on the gateway helps customers identify the right location to achieve the best performance, while integrated WiFi features ensure ultra-broadband access is available in every corner of the house.

New FastMile 5G products will support 5G NR in both NSA (Non-StandAlone) and SA (StandAlone) modes.

Janne Koistinen, 5G Program Manager for Telia Finland, said: “We want customers to enjoy the benefits of 5G regardless of where they are, and Nokia is an important partner helping us achieve this. With Fixed Wireless Access solutions like Nokia’s Fastmile 5G Gateway, our customer will be able to quickly leverage our end-to-end 5G network and enhanced services to support all of their ultra-broadband needs in the home.”

Leopold Diouf, Head of Nokia Fixed Wireless Access, said: “We are excited to help Telia create extraordinary experiences and bring the power of 5G to customers across Finland. Our industry leading 5G Fixed Wireless Access solution helps accelerate broadband access and brings all the benefits of 5G into the home to deliver a better user experience.”

Nokia debuts FastMile 5G Gateway

Nokia unveiled its new FastMile 5G Gateway for residential and business Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) rollouts.

Optus is testing the FastMile 5G indoor gateway in a live network to simultaneous stream multiple 4K video services to select residential customers in Australia.

The indoor device connects wirelessly to the mobile network using either 3GPP compliant 5G New Radio (NR) or 4G signals. It offers carrier aggregation capabilities and can deliver peak speeds of 1 Gbps.

Nokia said its FastMile 5G Gateway maximizes spectral assets and uses the industry's highest gain (11dBi) antenna to deliver up to twice the indoor coverage, three times the downlink capacity and five times the uplink capacity compared to traditional designs

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Nokia aims Quillion chipset at next gen access

Nokia outlined plans for a new family of chipsets to power next-generation massive scale access networks.

The forthcoming "Quillion" chipset will allow operators to introduce 10G PON in their fiber networks and to serve more users from G.fast access nodes. For next-generation fiber access networks, the Quillion chipset powers Nokia’s 16-port Multi-PON line card, which supports both GPON and NG-PON on each port. This allows operators with an existing GPON network to simply “switch on” NG-PON services on each port without recabling or disrupting the GPON service.

Nokia said Quillion is also optimized to allow for low-latency applications that are critical for 5G transport and has built-in programmability to support intents that pave the way toward automated workflows, such as network slicing for 5G transport.

In addition, the Quillion chipset supports copper infrastructure access, including the highest density G.fast and Vplus solutions on the market.

Sandra Motley, President of Fixed Networks at Nokia, said: “In a 5G world, consumers will expect a gigabit experience regardless if they are at home or on the go. Our Quillion chipset is designed to deliver gigabit broadband to every home, using  broadband technologies like fiber to complement 5G in massive scale access networks. This allows operators to efficiently connect more people with higher speeds, and positively impacts their business case.”

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

KDDI picks Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung for 5G

KDDI named Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung as its primary 5G vendors for next-generation network deployment in Japan.

KDDI expects the first commercial live 5G services to be available from March 2020, with more than 93 percent coverage of 5G base station areas specified by Japan’s telecom regulation body by the end of March 2025.

Ericsson confirmed that it will supply KDDI with Radio Access Network equipment, including products and solutions from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio. The equipment will allow KDDI to roll out commercial 5G services in several parts of Japan on their sub-6GHz and 28GHz bands for 5G New Radio (NR). KDDI’s selection of Ericsson as a 5G vendor follows nearly four years of close collaboration on 5G between the companies.

Nokia also confirmed its selection as a primary partner to upgrade KDDI's 4G network to 5G using its AirScale platform, which supports both 4G and 5G operations. This will allow KDDI to modernize its 4G network and meet the growing consumer and industrial demands for 5G. The contract for 5G radio re-enforces the strong relationship between the two companies, which dates back over two decades.

Nokia is an existing supplier to KDDI across multiple technologies, including radio, fixed networks, mobile core network and multiple software solutions. The 5G network will support KDDI across both cmWave and mmWave 5G frequency bands and can be deployed in both distributed and centralized architectures.

Samsung Networks said it will provide KDDI with its latest 5G network solutions, including various radio base stations supporting mid-band (3.7~3.8GHz and 4.0~4.1GHz) and mmWave (28GHz) spectrum, as well as virtualized RAN. In preparation for the arrival of 5G, the two companies have carried out several successful trials on real-world use cases and achieved world-first 5G milestones. This includes Japan’s first mmWave outdoor 5G handover test success in 2017, 5G handovers for high-speed racing cars and trains in 2017, a real-time free-viewpoint video stream at baseball stadium in 2018, a 5G-powered education showcase in an elementary school in 2019, and a demonstration of the power of real-time 4K video communication at Haneda Airport, Tokyo in 2019.

John Harrington, Head of Nokia Japan, said: “This deal will allow KDDI to get ready for the 5G era and we are honoured and excited to continue our long-term relationship. As an end-to-end supplier of multiple technologies to KDDI, we look forward to transforming the network and launching 5G for consumers and industries.”

Chris Houghton, Senior Vice President, Head of Market Area North East Asia, Ericsson, says: “Having established our important partnership with KDDI in 2013, we have now expanded our collaboration efforts. We are excited about our involvement in KDDI’s 5G network buildout, which will provide a sound basis for our future collaboration as well as allowing our partner to offer users a whole new generation of mobile services.”

Monday, September 30, 2019

Nokia completes single-carrier terabit-per-second field trial

Nokia announced the world’s first field trial of single-carrier terabit-per-second data transmission. The test was completed on Etisalat's network.

The trial successfully transmitted a record 50.8 terabits per second using multiple wavelengths, each with a net information rate of 1.3 terabits per second, over a 93-km fibre route of Etisalat’s wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) network.

The single optical carrier operated at 100 Gigabaud and employed Nokia Bell Labs-pioneered probabilistic constellation shaping, or PCS, to intelligently shape the signal to achieve maximum capacity for the specific fibre route. Nokia’s Photonic Service Engine 3 – now shipping to customers as part of Nokia’s 1830 portfolio – is the first coherent digital signal processor to implement PCS.

Nokia said the field trial demonstrates that Etisalat’s existing network can support the higher optical wavelength bit rates that will be required to support high-bandwidth services such as 5G extreme mobile broadband (very fast wireless to the mobile), fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and Data Center Interconnect (DCI) cloud services. Higher bit rates per wavelength provide power and space savings, improved network simplicity, increased spectral efficiency and capacity, and ultimately reduced cost per bit compared to optical networks composed of lower rate channels.

Esmaeel Alhammadi, Senior Vice President, Network Development at Etisalat, said: "We are pleased to have partnered with Nokia Bell Labs to demonstrate that our optical network is capable of transporting a terabit per second over a single wavelength, and a total per-fibre capacity of over 50 terabits-per-second.  Increasing network capacity helps us to provide bandwidth-hungry services such as 5G extreme mobile broadband, fibre-to-the-home and DCI for enterprises.”

Sam Bucci, Head of Optical Networking at Nokia, said: “The introduction of 5G will require a network that can support dramatic increases in bandwidth in a dynamic fashion. This ground-breaking trial with Etisalat is testimony to Nokia’s commitment to continue to invest in coherent and optical component technologies required to meet the 5G networking challenge at the lowest total cost of ownership for our customers.”

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Vietnam's Viettel deploys 5G with Nokia

Viettel and Nokia have broadcasted the first end-to-end 5G network in Ho Chi Minh City.

Specifically, Viettel and Nokia have set up 10 5G base stations in the area of Ward 12, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's biggest city with more than 2,000 km2 area and a population of 13 million. The project sets the basis for a comprehensive evaluation of the band, coverage and application of 5G before commercialization in 2020.

Nokia said it deployed the 5G network in a very short time frame, building on its existing LTE footprint with the operator, upgrading the entire infrastructure from radio access, Cloud Packet Core and transmission to 5G technology. Viettel’s first cloud-based Packet Core network is currently serving its live subscribers. The network will offer a range of real-time 5G end-user experiences, such as VR gaming and 8K resolution streaming, as well as enabling Nokia’s Fixed Wireless Access.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Nokia and Telefónica Peru deploy a private LTE net for copper mine

Nokia and Telefónica Peru will build a private LTE network for Minera Las Bambas, the world’s ninth-largest copper mine, to enable digitalization and automation projects at its site in Apurimac, Peru, which is located 4,600 meters above sea level.

As part of the deal, Nokia will deploy its LTE Radio Access Network solution, including base stations, technical support and training services to enable more reliable communications between machines and people. The new network will improve existing wireless service, allowing Las Bambas to deploy additional safety solutions and reduce operating costs of its Tetra communication system. As the network evolves further towards 5G, the Las Bambas mine will also benefit from push-to-talk and push-to-video.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Nokia sales rise in Q2 as company cites risks in China

Citing growing 5G demand and growth in four of its six global regions, Nokia reported net sales in Q2 2019 were EUR 5.7bn compared to EUR 5.3bn in Q2 2018. On a constant currency basis, net sales increased 5%. Reported diluted EPS in Q2 2019 was negative EUR 0.03, compared to negative EUR 0.05 in Q2 2018.

Rajeev Suro, President and CEO of Nokia, states: "In the quarter, we saw good year-on-year growth, meaningful improvements in profitability, robust progress in our strategic expansion areas of Software and Enterprise and excellent momentum in our IP Routing business. We also continued to enhance our position in 5G, and now have 45 commercial 5G deals and 9 live networks.  Risks remain in the year, including execution demands in the second half, trade-related uncertainty and challenges in the China market. Given these risks, we will continue to focus on tight operational discipline, delivering on our EUR 700 million cost-savings program, improving working capital management and advancing the implementation of our strategy."

Nokia also noted that "Some customers are reassessing their vendors in light of security concerns, creating near-term pressure to invest in order to secure long-term benefits."

https://www.nokia.com/about-us/news/releases/2019/07/25/nokia-corporation-financial-report-for-q2-and-half-year-2019/

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Next Gen Central Office (NGCO) - Service agility in the 5G core

With a cloud-native core, the network is able to respond faster to deliver capacity exactly where it is needed, explains Sandro Tavares,  Head of Campaign Strategy, Nokia.

The new core architecture is really about complementing 5G possibilities.

A "2019 Next-Generation Central Office Report" from AvidThink is available for download. It covers the evolution in NGCO, recent trends, and key projects like CORD and VCO, as well as the role of the NGCO in new applications in edge computing and SD-WAN/vCPE.

https://nginfrastructure.com/


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

China Unicom deploys Nokia optical fronthaul in Beijing

China Unicom has selected the Nokia optical fronthaul solution to power its 4G and 5G networks in Beijing. 

In order to meet its 2019 5G goals, China Unicom requires a robust fronthaul solution that will speed deployment of 4G/5G radios and simplify the installation and management of the network.

The deployment features the Nokia 1830 Versatile WDM Module (VWM), which provides multiservice WDM optical transport and is suited for advanced 4G and 5G fronthaul in cloud RAN architectures. Nokia says the platform's low cost of operation and integrated backhaul to fronthaul management system are matched by its low latency and jitter performance — ensuring precise synchronization between cell sites.

Gao Bo, Head of the China Unicom CBT at Nokia Shanghai Bell, said: “We share China Unicom’s vision and commitment to creating this world-leading 5G service for its customers. The Nokia Anyhaul solutions are a key element in faster network deployment, simpler management and lower operational costs. The optical fronthaul solution will be key to providing top notch performance for China Unicom’s 4G/5G subscribers.”

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Taiwan Star Telecom picks Nokia for 5G

TST (Taiwan Star Telecom) has chosen Nokia's end-to-end (E2E) solution to expand the coverage and capacity of its LTE network to support subscriber growth. The new solution will also enable TST to offer narrowband Internet of Things (IoT) services, as well as prepare TST to migrate to 5G services in the future. The expansion will enhance network quality and improve the user experience. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Nokia 5G-ready solutions selected by TST include:

  • The AirScale eNodeB solution, which introduces the Nokia AirScale Remote Radio Head (RRH). This will help TST to cost-effectively create the capacity they need with more flexible cell sizes. The diverse deployment options include macro, mini-macro and small cells for dense urban spots, grey/white spots, indoor and stadium coverage.
  • The 7750 Mobile Gateway (MG) and Cloud Mobility Manager (CMM) for expansion of the packet core.
  • The 7750 Service Router for IP backbone expansion, due to its reliability, high capacity, and 5G compatibility.
  • The Smart Plan Suite (SPS), which provides a full policy and charging solution and paves the way for 5G monetization.  

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Nokia and ADVA demo end-to-end 5G synchronization

ADVA and Nokia jointly demonstrated end-to-end network timing with the accuracy and resilience needed for 5G services.

The demonstration, which was presented at Orange Poland’s Innovation Garden Summit, highlighted how precise phase and frequency synchronization can be delivered and assured from the core to the cell site without risk from GNSS vulnerabilities.

The live showcase in Warsaw featured ADVA’s diverse range of Oscilloquartz products. This includes ultra-compact small-form-factor solutions designed to be utilized in large numbers even in the most challenging and space-restrictive conditions.

ADVA said its solutions meet the urgent demand for precise timing at the network edge. At the other end of the scale are Oscilloquartz modular, high-performance IEEE 1588v2 PTP core grandmasters that provide ultimate scale with a carrier-class design and in-built hardware redundancy. As part of the OSA ePRTC system, these provide an ultra-precise source of time with guaranteed holdover performance, removing the risk of reliance on GNSS alone.

“Our joint demo with Nokia answers the most urgent timing challenges facing today’s network operators. It highlights how our solutions can accelerate the deployment of 5G, IoT and mobile edge computing by delivering new levels of accuracy and stability for phase and frequency synchronization,” said Jörg Urban, senior director, business development, Oscilloquartz, ADVA. “We’re showing Tier 1 CSPs how easy it is to distribute, monitor and assure end-to-end timing that is fully resistant to GNSS outages. The precision and reliability that our technology offers will empower operators to support emerging applications in fields such as highly interactive augmented reality and self-driving vehicles.”

http://www.advaoptical.com
http://www.oscilloquartz.com

BT employs ADVA's precision synchronization for 5G


BT is deploying ADVA's Oscilloquartz synchronization technology to bring 4G coverage to previously underserved areas and begin the rollout of 5G services across the UK. The new synchronization solution is deployed nationwide in 10 core time base sites, 106 metro time sites and close to 1,000 Tier 1 sites at the network edge. Prior to this deployment, BT’s timing network was based purely on frequency synchronization. ADVA said its Oscilloquartz...

ADVA's Oscilloquartz delivers enhanced PRTC for 5G network timing


Oscilloquartz, which is a division of ADVA, launched an enhanced primary reference time clock (ePRTC) system for 5G network timing. The Oscilloquartz solution, which is able to provide timing accuracy and stability even when the GNSS signal is lost, features the OSA 3230B ePRC atomic cesium clock connected to an Oscilloquartz clock combiner and grandmaster. The company said the technology provides the ideal timing source for mission-critical transport...


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Nokia wins 5G contract with Zain Saudi Arabia

Nokia announced a three-year deal with Zain Saudi Arabia to supply thousands of 5G sites across the country. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The deal introduces 5G using 2.6 GHz and 3.5 GHz, along with massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (mMIMO) to deliver enhanced network capacity, coverage, and improved downlink and uplink speeds. In addition, the deal will introduce E-Band microwave in certain areas to allow for ultra-high-capacity backhaul networks.


  • Overview of the solution for the 5G deployment:
  • Nokia AirScale radio platform 
  • Nokia 5G Anyhaul: Nokia Wavence's E-band microwave radio with multi-frequency carrier aggregation will support multi-gigabit capacities and low-latency microwave transport
  • Nokia NetGuard Security Management solution to ensure a highly secure 5G network
  • Nokia Services: Full turnkey services including covering network planning, integration, implementation, project management, logistics and technical support


Nokia said it currently has 43 commercial 5G deals with operators around the world and is involved in more than 100 5G-related customer engagements.

Amr K. El Leithy, head of the Middle East and Africa market at Nokia, said:  "This contract, which includes 5G RAN, backhaul, security and services, demonstrates the breadth of our full-portfolio strengths and depth of global expertise in deploying these next-generation projects."

Zain now serves 50 million customers in Middle East & Africa



Zain Group, which delivers mobile services in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, reached the 50 million customer milestone as of the end of Q1 2019, reflecting a 6% increase year-on-year (Y-o-Y). Zain Group generated consolidated revenues of KD 404 million (USD 1.33 billion) for the first quarter of 2019, up 56% compared to the same period in 2018. EBITDA for the quarter reached KD 178 million (USD 586 million), up 111% Y-o-Y, reflecting...


Zain tests massive MIMO on TD-LTE using 2.6 GHz with Nokia



Zain KSA is testing a massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) pilot in the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on its TD-LTE network using 2.6 GHz spectrum. The pilot uses Nokia's 5G-ready AirScale massive MIMO antenna for 4.9G calls to improve network capacity to provide speeds of above 700 Mbps per user. Massive MIMO uses 64-Transmit-64-Receive (64T64R), which allows gigabit-level throughput. Nokia said its 5G-ready AirScale massive MIMO antenna...


Zain Saudi Arabia tests NB-IoT



Zain Saudi Arabia is testing NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) technology at a live site in Mina area of Makkah Province. Nokia is the technology partner. The trial focuses on smart metering. NB-IoT is used to communicate temperature, humidity and air pressure from a remote location via a Nokia Flexi Multiradio 10 LTE base station at 900 MHz. NB-IoT is a 3GPP Release 13 radio access technology designed to enable connectivity to IoT device...


Kuwait-based Zain Group positions for digital transformation



Kuwait-based Zain Group, which now has operations in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, has just raised $846 million in cash by selling a 9.8% equity stake to neighboring Omantel. The all-cash deal adds a measure of liquidity to Zain Group, which is aiming to transform itself into a digital service provider as it prepares for 5G and other advanced infrastructure. Zain Group, which was established in 1983 as Kuwait’s Mobile Telecommunications...


Zain Saudi Arabia upgrades LTE network using Nokia centralised RAN technology



Nokia and Zain Saudi Arabia, which recently announced the deployment of Nokia's multi-access edge computing (MEC) platform in Mecca, have enhanced network upload speeds at Jeddah's King Abdullah Sports stadium by a claimed up to 50% utilising Nokia centralised RAN technology.The centralised RAN deployment is designed to improve uplink connectivity and quality of experience for attendees at football matches and other events held at the venue, known...


Zain Saudi Arabia deploys Nokia MEC in Mecca



Nokia announced that Zain Saudi Arabia has deployed its multi-access edge computing (MEC) platform to support the delivery of smart applications to subscribers around Mecca and help provide improved mobile experience during the Umrah and Hajj pilgrimage.Nokia stated that following a successful trial during the last Hajj, Nokia and Zain have deployed the Nokia MEC platform, combined with Edge Video Orchestration capability, in the network using both...


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Nokia links its revolving credit to its sustainability goals

Nokia has signed a EUR 1,500 million five-year multicurrency revolving credit facility with two one-year extension options and introduced a sustainability pricing mechanism linking the margin of the RCF to two of Nokia's key sustainability targets:

1) Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions attributed to Nokia's operations and;
2) Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions attributed to Nokia's customers' use of Nokia's products

The RCF will replace the EUR 1,579 million revolving credit facility agreement dated 26 June 2015.

Nokia's sustainability targets include a 41% greenhouse gas emission reduction of its own operations and a 75% greenhouse gas emission reduction arising from the use of sold products by 2030 compared to the 2014 baseline. The margin of the RCF will increase or decrease depending on Nokia's progress towards reaching these targets.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Nokia Bell Labs increases battery energy density 2.5X with Ireland's AMBER

Nokia Bell Labs and AMBER, the SFI Centre for Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research hosted at Trinity College Dublin, have developed a new formula for battery composition that increases energy density of batteries 2.5X. The researchers see far-reaching implications for smartphones, drones, electric cars, robots, etc.

A patent has been filed to protect this new technology design and help bring it to the marketplace. A study discussing the battery research performed by Nokia Bell Labs and AMBER has been published in Nature Energy a leading international science journal. Carbon nanotubes are cited as an enabling technology

Nokia Bell Labs has been collaborating with AMBER as part of the Nokia Bell Labs Distinguished Academic Partners Program. The program brings together Nokia Bell Labs researchers with the best and brightest minds at the world's top universities to solve future human needs, transform human existence, and deliver disruptive innovations.

"By packing more energy into a smaller space, this new battery technology will have a profound impact on 5G and the entire networked world," said Paul King, one of the lead investigators on the project and Member of the Technical Staff, Nokia Bell Labs.  "The combination of Nokia Bell Labs industry and device knowledge and AMBER's materials science expertise allowed us to tackle an extremely difficult problem involving multiple disciplines. Our results were achieved through the deeply collaborative mode in which we work, underscoring the value of engaging with AMBER as part of our global research strategy."

"The significant advancement in battery technology outlined in this research is a testament to the strong collaboration between AMBER and Nokia Bell Labs. Bringing scientists together from industry and academia with a common research goal has resulted in a substantial scientific breakthrough," said Dr. Lorraine Byrne, AMBER Executive Director. "AMBER's partnership with Nokia Bell Labs through their Distinguished Academic Partners Program has been a hugely positive experience and clearly illustrates the benefits of industry-academic engagements. I look forward to AMBER's collaboration with Nokia Bell Labs continuing to break new boundaries in science creating impact for society."

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41560-019-0398-y

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