Showing posts with label Nokia. Show all posts
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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

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Nokia launches DFSEC 2.0 for 5G security

Nokia is launching an enhanced security program and establishing an advanced security testing and verification laboratory to address the security needs of 5G end-to-end (E2E) networks.

Nokia has a long-standing commitment to the Design For Security (DFSEC) process, which ensures that security is designed into every product from the start, undergoing rigorous security testing prior to commercial release.

DFSEC 2.0 will build on this leadership in security development by focusing on additional verification work in the areas of E2E identity management, network slicing and SDN security, virtualization, and OAM, including patch management.

To support collaborative research and development across the DFSEC 2.0 program, Nokia is opening the "Future X Security" (FXSec) Lab. Built as an extension of Nokia's Future X network lab in Nokia Bell Labs in Murray Hill, this lab will be open to communications service providers and industries to facilitate joint testing and verification of industrial automation solutions in private local area networks (LANs) and across public wide area networks (WANs).

Marcus Weldon, Corporate Chief Technology Officer and President of Nokia Bell Labs, says: "End-to-end 5G networks will fundamentally transform societies by providing ultra-high-speed wireless connectivity allowing massive, low latency ultra-reliable streaming data that will drive intelligent automation for a wide array of infrastructure, industries and enterprises. But with great opportunity comes significant security risk that must be addressed end-to-end, using an array of novel techniques and technologies. As the most trusted end-to-end solution provider in the 5G era, Nokia is taking a leadership position in defining and building advanced security solutions that will meet mission-critical needs, leveraging the deep and extensive security research and disruptive innovations from Nokia Bell Labs.

In building the new security approach for LAN and WAN, Nokia will be incorporating advanced research from Nokia Bell Labs to create Network Slicing Security Solutions that will ensure security and trustworthiness of the end-to-end network slices - the critical connectivity and service fabric for industrial applications in the 5G era. These security solutions are based on 7 key research areas:


  • "Accountable Security" that provides failproof identification of industrial IoT devices in mobile and dynamic environments
  • "Physical and Virtual Device Integrity Protection" that provides scalable device attestation (hardware, firmware and software) across the supply chain
  • Artificial Intelligence enabled "Threat Detection and Mitigation for Network Slices"
  • "Fine-grained Security Policy Management" which dynamically tailors network slice elements to meet specified security requirements
  • "Dynamic data protection" which addresses the issue of data isolation across mobile devices, applications and slices
  • "Microservice Behavioral Fingerprinting" that is a unique machine learning based anomalous behavior detection of third party and open-source 5G services
  • Paradigm shift in design for security that provides run-time mitigation of potential security concerns with rapid feedback into development cycle using DevSecOps models


Thursday, June 6, 2019

Nokia supplies virtualized Distributed Access Architecture in Norway

Altibox, one of the largest regional telecommunication operators in Norway and Denmark, will deploy Nokia's Gainspeed Unified Cable Access solution, based on a fully virtualized Distributed Access Architecture (vDAA).  The solution enables the operator to deliver enhanced all-IP-based ultra-broadband services to residential and business customers.

Nokia says that by moving the cable access layer functions in the headend and hub sites to the access nodes that sit closer to customers, Altibox and its partners can eliminate some of its legacy cable-specific hardware,  dramatically reducing the amount of power, space and equipment required in the headend. Nokia's vDAA solution will also enable Altibox and Eidsiva Bredbånd  to significantly reduce the number of hub offices, realizing significant real estate cost savings while simplifying network operations.  By virtualizing the headend and network functions, Altibox effectively pushes the digital portion out to the node, ensuring a better signal quality and experience for subscribers.


  • In 2016, Nokia acquired Gainspeed, a start-up specializing in DAA (Distributed Access Architecture) solutions for the cable industry via its Virtual CCAP (Converged Cable Access Platform) product line. Financial terms were not disclosed. Gainspeed's Virtual CCAP enables cable operators to increase the capacity of their existing HFC (Hybrid Fiber Coax) infrastructure and rapidly deploy new services, while simultaneously reducing space and power requirements in the headend. The solution also enables cable operators to migrate their networks to a software-driven, all-IP architecture. Gainspeed's design eliminates the physical CCAP by leveraging SDN and NFV to distribute the CCAP’s functions to other devices and locations in the network. This centralizes routing, control and management in the data center or cloud and pushes the physical layer, DOCSIS processing and RF modulation into the node.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Nokia claims 5G momentum with 42 commercial deals

Nokia has signed 42 commercial 5G deals, of which 22 have named the customer. This is more than any other vendor by Nokia's reckoning.

The company says it has signed on average one major contract win per week since the end of March.

Nokia President and Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Suri says: "The pace of 5G progress is accelerating across the globe. We are delivering significant performance increases to operators and the power of Nokia's end-to-end portfolio is being recognized. In fact, in pretty much every network where Nokia products are deployed, we are the performance leader. Here and now - at the beginning of one of the most radical technology transitions ever with 4G giving way to 5G - this is Nokia's time to shine."

Thursday, May 30, 2019

TIM carries 550G wavelength with Nokia's Photonic Service Engine 3

 Nokia, in collaboration with Telecom Italia (TIM), set a new European record for data transmission over a long-distance backbone network -- a wavelength speed of 550 Gbps carried more than 350 km on TIM's operational network between Rome and Florence. In addition, TIM and Nokia carried a 400G wavelength over 900 km between Rome and Milan, and a 300 Gbps wavelength over 1,750 km.

The trial used the new Nokia Photonic Service Engine 3 (Nokia PSE-3). TIM'a DWDM backbone is based on the latest generation of Nokia's 1830 Photonic Service Switch.  The network is fully automated and currently carries optical signals with a capacity of 100 Gb/s over distances of up to 1,800 kilometers, and 200 Gb/s up to 800 kilometers. The backbone, with a coverage of over 16,000 kilometers of fiber, and connecting to 65 national POPs (Point of Presence), has carried over 9,000 petabytes of data traffic in the last year.

Elisabetta Romano, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer at TIM, said: "We are proud of this European record which confirms TIM's technological leadership, the high quality of our network, our commitment to develop innovative solutions in order to guarantee the best experience to our customers. Today's result, which triples transmission speed compared to the current one, confirms that TIM's network is the most advanced infrastructure capable of offering new digital services and platforms, also with a view to developing 5G."

https://www.nokia.com/about-us/news/releases/2019/05/30/nokia-and-tim-break-european-record-for-long-distance-data-transmission-over-high-speed-network-laying-groundwork-for-5g/



  • Nokia has previously announced trials of its PSE-3 chipset, which implements probabilistic constellation shaping (PCS), with Germany's M-net and Poland's Netia.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Softbank picks Ericsson and Nokia for 5G

SoftBank Corp. awarded major 5G contracts to Ericsson and Nokia, marking a significant change in its preferred vendors. Huawei has been a supplier of 4G infrastructure for Softbank.

Ericsson was selected by SoftBank as a primary 5G vendor for the deployment of a multi-band 5G network in Japan following a series of successful joint proof-of-concept activities that began in 2015. Under a new agreement, Ericsson will provide SoftBank with radio access network equipment, including products from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio. This will enable SoftBank to launch 5G services on their newly granted 3.9-4.0 GHz and 29.1-29.5 GHz bands for 5G New Radio (NR).

Nokia also confirmed that it was selected to supply its 5G AirScale solution to Softbank for deployment across Japan. Nokia's 5G AirScale supports multiple frequencies, in both distributed and centralized architectures, giving SoftBank tremendous flexibility in its network evolution. Nokia has also been a long term supplier to Softbank. Nokia also noted that it now has 38 5G commercial contracts, including 20 with named customers.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Malaysia's U Mobile picks Nokia for Single RAN

U Mobile awarded a three-year contract to Nokia to deploy a Single Radio Access Network (RAN) network as well as microwave and IP-based mobile transport technologies across Malaysia.

U Mobile is a current provider of 3G and 4G mobile services via a combination of its own network and through a RAN sharing agreement.

Specifically, Nokia will deploy a Single RAN Advanced network in greenfield locations across Malaysia, facilitating U Mobile's aggressive network expansion.

The companies will also collaborate on a 5G live network trial later this year.

Woon Ooi Yuen, CTO of U Mobile said: "U Mobile has been aggressively expanding our network across Malaysia in our drive to bring our customers a superior experience. We are delighted to be able to leverage on Nokia's expertise in our network expansion journey. We are of course also looking forward to working with Nokia as part of our Road To 5G Strategy. We have in our plan to conduct several 5G live trials with Nokia later this year for various use cases. Currently, we already have in place Nokia's AirScale base stations which are 5G-ready and hence, ready for trials.''

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Nokia and Keysight launch Open Test Automation Project

Keysight Technologies and Nokia launched the Open Test Automation Project (OpenTAP), an open-source, scalable architecture that enhances and accelerates the development of automation solutions within the test and measurement (T&M) ecosystem, with demonstrated success in 5G network equipment manufacturing.

The core technology of the OpenTAP is a test sequencer.

The OpenTap community is adding plugins and solutions that lead to faster development, new functionality and optimization in test.

“Our goal with OpenTAP is to enable unprecedented levels of collaboration in the test and measurement industry and to benefit all participants in this open-source project,” said Jay Alexander, Chief Technology Officer of Keysight Technologies. “Co-launching OpenTAP with Nokia reflects our commitment to creating software-centric solutions that accelerate innovation through simplicity, scalability and speed.”

Erja Sankari, Vice President of Nokia’s Supply Chain Engineering organization, added, “For many years Nokia has relied on either closed, commercial test-automation products, or completely homegrown platforms that consume precious resources — budget, support and maintenance. Building on OpenTAP fosters innovation in test optimization and efficiency, ultimately reducing our cost-of-test and project risk.”

http://www.OpenTAP.io

Nokia now has 37 contracts for 5G

Nokia now has 37 5G commercial contracts, including 20 with named customers,

Speaking at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Nokia Corporation in Espoo, Finland, company CEO Rajeev Suri emphasized efforts to eliminate, by July 2019, any statistically significant gender pay gap in the company that cannot be explained by factors such as performance, experience, job grade, or location.

"5G is not the future anymore. It is here, and Nokia is leading it. We are winning deals and rolling out some of the world's first 5G networks.  We now have 37 5G commercial contracts - 20 with named customers including T-Mobile, AT&T, STC, and Telia - and more than half of them include wider portfolio elements that our competitors cannot match. We have some amazing technology.   In fact, in pretty much every network where Nokia products are deployed, we are the performance leader."

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ooredoo Qatar picks Nokia for 5G cloud native core

Ooredoo Qatar has selected Nokia to build a 5G cloud native core network.

Nokia's AirFrame solution, which will be deployed in Ooredoo's data centers in Doha, encompass Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs), including Mobile Core for Voice, with Cloud Packet Core, Subscriber Management Registers and Policy control on a cloud platform. The solution also includes Nokia CloudBand for virtual infrastructure management, Nokia NetAct, Nuage Networks for data center network automation, and Nokia Professional services.

Yousuf Abdulla Al Kubaisi, Chief Operating Officer, Ooredoo Qatar, said: "The modernization of our core network will enhance our capabilities to innovate with new services. It will also help us to meet additional demands for high-speed data services in general as well as bursts in demand, particularly in upcoming mega sporting events. Our 5G network will open the flood-gates for machine learning, automation and micro-services use-cases for consumer and business customers in the country."

Bernard Najm, head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia, said: "We are excited to partner with Ooredoo Qatar to set up a 5G core network that is truly 'cloud native' from the ground up, not just an evolution of current core solutions. Our solution supports all flavors of mobile access network technologies and enables our customers to bring new 5G services to market rapidly. The solution provides the low latency, high throughput and content-rich services that will support Ooredoo Qatar's business goals immediately and well into the future."

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Verizon tests full virtualization of baseband functions

In a trial environment conducted with Nokia and Intel in California, Verizon achieved full virtualization of baseband functions – the heaviest portion of computing on the Radio Access Network (RAN).

Intel provided its Xeon Scalable processor-based platforms and FlexRAN reference architecture while Nokia provided its new AirScale All-in-Cloud Base Station architecture.

Verizon said this virtualization will enable the network to be hardware agnostic, using Common Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hardware, leading to greater flexibility and speed to deployment of products and services.

“Having virtualized the core of the network last year, this significant step forward in virtualizing the RAN edge is a critical piece of providing the next generation of wireless solutions for consumers and enterprises,” said Adam Koeppe, Senior Vice President of Network Planning.  “With a virtualized baseband unit, we will lay the foundation to be able to move computing functionality to the edge of the network and will be able to rapidly respond to customers’ varied latency and computing needs.”

"Nokia is a leader in driving and commercializing Cloud RAN innovations, and we are excited to be a part of this collaborative work that represents a key milestone for Verizon’s cloud migration,” said Michael Clever, Senior Vice President and Head of Cloud RAN, Nokia. “This successful trial is an important step in offering flexible and scalable capacity, plus continuous software delivery.”

https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-multi-access-edge-compute-network-slicing

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Portugal's ONI Telecom picks Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Demarcation

ONI Telecom of Portugal will deploy the Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Demarcation (PSD) to provide 10G dedicated links to customers in key Portuguese cities.

The Nokia 1830 PSD is a universal Ethernet and Wavelength service demarcation device that extends the optical network through to the customer premises.  Based on a new MEF 3.0 standard, the Nokia 1830 PSD provides both Wavelength and Ethernet services in a low-power, small-footprint device.

Nokia said its solution will enable ONI to manage and monitor its entire transport network, end-to-end. It effectively extends ONI's optical domain management system, the Nokia NFM-T, across the entire network, up to and including the 1830 PSD at the customer premises.

Paulo Teixeira, from Engineering and Planning of ONI Telecom, said: "With this device, Nokia is helping us to provide cost-effective and guaranteed 10G wavelength services to our enterprise customers in key metro markets. With the growing importance of public-private cloud deployments, we are especially pleased to be able to offer our customers dedicated optical links with full-service assurance to their premises."

Miguel Araújo, CT Head of Portugal at Nokia, said: "The 1830 PSD is an exciting addition to our optical networking solution set. Paired with the Nokia NFM-T optical manager, it provides a unique solution for dedicated optical links, especially useful for enterprise wavelength services and datacenter interconnect. We have been very pleased to work closely with ONI Telecom as they deploy this world-leading 10G wavelength service to their customers."

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Nokia reports a weak Q1 as it waits for 5G spending to accelerate

Nokia reported a weak Q1 but said it remains confident that spending by mobile operator will accelerate in the second half of the year.

Overall, Nokia's reported net sales grew approximately 2% to EUR 5.032 billion. A decline in Nokia gross profit was primarily attributable to Networks, which was negatively affected by broad-based gross margin erosion in Mobile Access.


Rajeev Suri, Nokia's CEO, states: "As the year progresses, we expect meaningful topline and margin improvements. 5G revenues are expected to grow sharply, particularly in the second half of the year, driven by our 36 commercial wins to date. Global services profitability should improve as we recover in a handful of large rollout projects, IP routing is now firmly back to growth given our product leadership, and optical networks continues its long run of growth. We are also seeing good underlying momentum in our strategic focus areas of software and enterprise, and we are moving steadily forward on our path to build a strong licensing business that is sustainable for the long-term.

"In terms of risks, one factor is our slow start to the year. In addition, competitive intensity has slightly increased in certain accounts as some competitors seek to be more commercially aggressive in the early stages of 5G and as some customers reassess their vendors in light of security concerns, creating near-term pressure but longer-term opportunity. We will continue to take a balanced view, and are prepared to invest prudently in cases where there is the right longer-term profitability profile. We are also progressing well with our previously announced EUR 700 million cost savings program."

Some highlights:

  • Networks net sales grew 4%. On a constant currency basis, Networks net sales were flat.
  • A slight growth in Networks net sales was due to IP Routing, Mobile Access and Optical Networks, partially offset by a decrease in Fixed Access.
  • A decrease in Networks gross profit was primarily due to Mobile Access and Fixed Access, partially offset by IP Routing and Optical Networks. 
  • A decrease in Mobile Access and Fixed Access gross profit was primarily due to lower gross margin. The increase in IP Routing and Optical Networks gross profit was primarily due to higher net sales.
  • In Q1 2019, Nokia was unable to recognize approximately EUR 200 million of net sales related to 5G deliveries mainly in North America, which the company expects to recognize in full before the end of 2019.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Nokia opens 5G virtual reality test lab

Nokia has developed 5G virtual testing environment that simulates massive MIMO antenna beamforming performance. 

The new 5G VR test is located in Nokia's over-the-air validation area in Oulu, Finland.

Nokia said its 5G test lab combines a unique physical over-the-air test environment with virtual reality (VR) to test and verify the optimal site locations of the antennas for operators. Using Nokia's patent-pending approach, the test lab simulates a multitude of different physical environments to improve both the accuracy and performance of 5G mMIMO beamforming antennas in the real world.

The lab is also used to verify ReefShark chipset massive performance gains and test ReefShark components in complete radio systems as ReefShark based deployments are continuing to accelerate. Furthermore, the test lab is instrumental in the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorthms, which are vital to maximize the capabilities and spectral efficiency of mMIMO antennas.

Timo Hietalahti, Head of Network Architecture and Development at Telia Finland: "Telia is at forefront of 5G technology in Europe. Nokia's unique lab environment helps us to identify 5G radio network planning challenges earlier and solve them faster. This is a big step forward, as it builds the bridge from product design to network implementation and optimization."

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia: "We are very proud of our one-of-a-kind 5G virtual reality testing environment. Instead of expensive and time-consuming drive tests in the city streets, we can build a digital twin on the test lab wall and simulate the mobile devices moving around and the antenna beams following them. This is used for verification, troubleshooting and optimization, making it faster and more efficient to deploy 5G."

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Proximus boosts mobile core with 7750 Nokia Service Router-14s

Belgium-based Proximus is one of the first operators in the world to carry customers' traffic on the Nokia 7750 Service Router-14s (SR-14s). The deployment increases capacity in the network core by 10x.  The multi-terabit router, Nokia 7750 SR-14s, featuring the new Nokia FP4 network processor.

The carrier's new IP backbone will support innovative new broadband and mobile services with improved capacity, scalability and programmability.

Proximus previously announced its TITAN (Terabit IP Transport and Aggregation Network) backbone network upgrade with 165 out of 600 buildings connected and 30% of 50,000 optical fibres migrated after only seven months.

Patrick Delcoigne, Director Network Engineering & Operations at Proximus, said: "Titan is laying the foundations of a hyper scale network, propelling Proximus into the terabit era. The track record of Nokia and Proximus in IP network innovation is extending today with our tandem becoming among the world's pioneers in activating the biggest equipment ever deployed in a telecom operator network and so defining the new capacity reference standards. I'm really proud of the R&D crews and of the project teams of both companies, who did a fantastic job to create the future standards."

Sri Reddy, President of IP/Optical Networks at Nokia, said: "We have a long and proud history of partnering with the team at Proximus and so are especially pleased to be working closely with them to help ensure the TITAN network upgrade project continues flawlessly. With the Nokia 7750 SR-14s as the foundational technology of this smart, dynamic network fabric, Proximus is laying the groundwork to meet the future digital demands of their consumer, enterprise and mobile customers.




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