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Ericsson and Nokia 5G News

Vodafone Idea, Ericsson achieve 5.92Gbps peak download speed using mmWave spectrum
ETTelecom May 13, 2022

Vi achieved this speed on a single-test device using a combination of mid-band and high-band (millimeter-wave or mmWave) 5G trial spectrum using Ericsson equipment such as Massive MIMO radios Ericsson cloud-native dual-mode 5G core for standalone (SA) architecture and NR-DC (New Radio-Dual Connectivity) software, according to an official statement on Friday.

NEW DELHI: Vodafone Idea has achieved a peak download speed of 5.92Gbps in partnership with Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson during the ongoing 5G trials in Pune, Maharashtra.

Vi achieved this speed on a single-test device using a combination of mid-band and high-band (millimeter-wave or mmWave) 5G trial spectrum using Ericsson equipment such as Massive MIMO radios Ericsson cloud-native dual-mode 5G core for standalone (SA) architecture and NR-DC (New Radio-Dual Connectivity) software, according to an official statement on Friday.

With 5G Standalone NR-DC software, Vi can deliver latency-sensitive and high-performing applications such as AR/ VR and 8K video streaming as well as innovative new use cases for consumers and enterprises once it deploys 5G on its commercial network, it added.

Earlier during its 5G trials and use cases showcase in Pune, Vi had demonstrated speeds of over 4Gbps.

“Given the growing consumer demand for immersive media and video streaming services, the 5G speeds that we have demonstrated will help us prepare for the mobile broadband speeds and greater network capacity requirements of customers, as we ready for ‘5G for a Better Tomorrow’ in India,” said Jagbir Singh, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Idea.

Thursday, Nokia said it will deploy its Access DWDM (Dense wavelength division multiplexing) solution to upgrade Vodafone Idea’s transport network to 5G.

“Achieving this technology milestone of 5.92 Gbps download speed by leveraging Ericsson’s 5G Standalone NR-DC software and cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core represents a milestone in India’s evolution to 5G Standalone with mmWave,” said Amarjeet Singh, Vice President and Head of Customer Unit Vi at Ericsson.

5G is expected to account for 39% of all mobile subscriptions in India by 2027 according to Ericsson Mobility Report, November 2021 edition.

5G is on track to become the dominant mobile access technology by subscriptions globally by 2027. By this time, 5G is expected to account for around 50 percent of all mobile subscriptions worldwide – covering 75% of the world’s population and carrying 62% of the global smartphone traffic, as per the report.

Indosat Ooredoo Hutchinson announce 5G partnerships with Nokia and Ericsson
By Aaron Raj, 7 March, 2022

Indonesian service provider Indosat Ooredoo Hutchinson announced partnership collaborations with Nokia and Ericsson to boost their 5G network deployments at Mobile World Congress 2022.

Indosat Ooredoo Hutchinson has already partnered with Huawei to launch its 5G commercial services in Makassar, Indonesia last year. Indonesia already has 5G commercial deployments in Solo, Jakarta, and Surabaya.
5G in Asia

At MWC, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison and Huawei have also signed a strategic project partnership for the acceleration of the radio access network (RAN) integration.

Meanwhile, Nokia has been selected as the principal vendor to deploy and expand its 4G and 5G network across Indonesia in a three-year deal. Nokia will provide solutions from its latest AirScale portfolio that will cover an area of 1.4 million square kilometers including Sumatra island, Kalimantan island, Central Java, and Surabaya city.

This includes base stations and 5G Single RAN for both premium indoor and outdoor coverage. Nokia’s consolidation services are expected to ensure a smooth integration by merging spectrum owned by IOH into a single network, ensuring minimum impact to end-users.

With Nokia’s technology, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison will be able to quickly and easily upgrade to 5G services remotely with a software update or with a plug-in card. Nokia’s energy-efficient AirScale solution will also allow IOH to keep the cost to a minimum while improving the quality of its services.

With rollout expected this month, Vikram Sinha, President Director and CEO of Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison said Nokia’s 5G-ready and industry-leading solution will help them maximize the asset utilization even as they future-proof investments and enhance network performance.

For Tommi Uitto, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia, Nokia’s 5G-ready AirScale portfolio will help Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison to launch next-generation services while helping it to bring down its operational expense.
From Nokia to Ericsson

Meanwhile, after enabling Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison to deploy 5G in Jakarta last year, Ericsson has strengthened their partnership to further expand its 5G footprint in Indonesia. Ericsson will support Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison’s vision to become the most preferred digital telco in Indonesia by expanding 5G service coverage to several cities including Jakarta, Bogor, Tangerang, and Bekasi.

The new rollouts are an expansion of the 5G services introduced in Jakarta in August 2021. The expanded 5G footprint in Indonesia by Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison and Ericsson will serve to support the government’s digital transformation agenda for Indonesia.

In this 5G rollout extension, Ericsson is powering the network through Radio 6626, a unique three-sector dual-band radio that will help IOH 5G network to increase its Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) 5G frequency capacity.

Radio 6626 provides multi-standard and multi-band coverage while lowering costs and reducing footprint – up to 50 percent lower energy consumption. Through this collaboration, IOH and Ericsson are working together to provide a totally sustainable network within Indonesia by reducing the energy consumption of mobile services without impacting performance.

“Ericsson is delighted to further strengthen its partnership with Indosat Ooredoo by providing 5G services in Jakarta, Bogor, Tangerang, and Bekasi. 5G will play a critical role in accelerating the digitalization of the economy and stimulating next-generation innovation for consumers and enterprises in Indonesia. We are confident that with our technology leadership and strong deployment capabilities across the globe, we will enable IOH to capture the full value of 5G connectivity through our energy-efficient products and solutions,” said Jerry Soper, Head of Ericsson Indonesia.

Indonesia is home to one of the world’s largest mobile ownership populations. Network connectivity is essential with 5G deployment expected to be a boost for both consumers and enterprises in the country. The partnership with Nokia and Ericsson will help realize the government’s digital transformation agenda.

Orange Partners with Ericsson, Nokia & Oracle for 5G SA NetworkEricsson Cloud RAN passes GSMA’s NESAS security audit
Ericsson’s Cloud RAN offering has passed the independent Network Equipment Security Assurance Scheme (NESAS) audit, making it fully compliant with the security requirements defined by global standards organizations 3GPP and GSMA.
NEWS JAN 10, 2022

The NESAS audit was successfully completed in November 2021, with Cloud RAN as the latest Ericsson offering to pass it, following earlier compliance by Ericsson Core, Transport and Radio Access Network (RAN) portfolios.

NESAS was introduced in recent years to provide a common security assurance framework for secure product development and product lifecycle processes across the mobile industry. Conformance with NESAS is an integral part of Ericsson’s Security Reliability Model, SRM.

Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson, says: “With 5G rollouts accelerating across the world, 5G network security is rapidly becoming a key topic among regulators, authorities, service providers and their consumer and business customers. Security is a key cornerstone in the design of our products and with the software and hardware disaggregation, it is even more important that security is built in from the start. I am therefore pleased that Cloud RAN is now confirmed NESAS-compliant as it adds another layer of credibility and trustworthiness to our Ericsson radio access network (RAN) portfolio.”

Cloud-based RAN deployment is an important step towards a more open RAN architecture. The deployment can provide inherent security advantages such as isolation and geographical redundancy. However, the cloud also introduces new security risks that must be considered, according to an Ericsson technical paper Security Considerations of Cloud RAN.

In addition to traditional attacks against the RAN and Core, vulnerabilities in the cloud infrastructure, including microservices, container engines, host operating system, and third-party hardware can be exploited in cloud-based RAN and Core deployments.

Telus’ 5G network reaches 70% of Canadian population
Juan Pedro Tomás
January 17, 2022

Canadian telco Telus’ 5G network already reaches 70% of the Canadian population, the company said in a release.

In a statement, the carrier said that the acceleration in 5G investments is part of its CAD54 billion ($43 billion) investment in infrastructure and operations through 2024.

Telus said it already connected 744 urban and rural communities to its 5G network, 129 more than initially planned for the full-year 2021.

Darren Entwistle, president and CEO at Telus said: “Now more than ever, Telus is committed to keeping Canadians connected, productive and healthy. Indeed, the ongoing expansion of our next-generation 5G technology is bridging time and distance, allowing residents to live and work in any community without compromising productivity or economic opportunity.”

Telus’ 5G network currently reaches 245 communities in British Columbia, 245 communities in Quebec, 151 communities in Alberta, 105 communities in Ontario, 27 communities in Atlantic Canada and 14 communities in Manitoba.

Telus had previously selected Samsung Electronics as its 5G network infrastructure supplier in June 2020. Telus also said that European vendors Ericsson and Nokia are also supporting the deployment of its 5G network.

Rival operator Rogers Communications had announced the launch of its Standalone 5G core network in October 2021. Rogers was the first Canadian operator to launch a nationwide Standalone 5G network.

Rogers built its Standalone 5G network using Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G core. The Canadian operator had partnered with Ericsson in 2018 as its exclusive 5G vendor for its full network infrastructure, including core and Radio Access Network. Ericsson, Rogers and Qualcomm Technologies have jointly completed Standalone 5G testing on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform.

Rogers is using 2.5 GHz, AWS and 600 MHz spectrum to provide 5G coverage throughout the country.

Meanwhile, Canadian carrier Bell said it expected its 5G services to reach 70% coverage by the end of the year, the company’s CEO Mirko Bibic had said during a conference call with investors.

Bell announced the launch of its commercial 5G service in the country in June 2020. The carrier’s 5G service was initially available in Montréal, the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

In 2020, Bell Canada selected Ericsson 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) technology to support its nationwide 5G mobile and fixed wireless access deployment. The carrier started the construction of its 5G network last year, using equipment from Finnish vendor Nokia.

In July 2021, the government of Canada raised a total of CAD8.9 billion in its auction of 3.5 GHz spectrum, which will be used by local carrier to further expand 5G services in the country.

5G licenses in this key band were made available based on 172 localized service areas covering the entire country, allowing bidders to target geographic markets, including rural areas.

Local operators Rogers, Bell, Telus, Videotron, Xplornet and SaskTel have all secured 5G licenses in the spectrum auction. Bell spent CAD2.1 billion, Rogers CAD3.3 billion and Telus CAD1.9 billion. Vidéotron, owned by Quebecor, spent a total CAD830 million to expand its geographic footprint in Canada, buying licenses not just in Quebec but also in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.

NEC is out to crash the Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia 5G party

The sunflower-yellow arm of an ordinary-looking excavator scoops dirt from the ground, swings 90 degrees and deposits the load. Nothing unusual, you think, until you peer into the cabin and notice the driver’s seat is empty.

The autonomous excavator is partly a showcase for NEC and its latest 5G goodies – a standalone core that has apportioned a chunk of network capacity just for driverless digging. “This is what we feel is the future of 5G,” says Patrick Lopez, NECs Canada-based global vice president of 5G product management, in reference to 5G’s versatility. “With slicing and ultralow latency, we can detect in real time how much dirt is left in the pile.”

The Japanese technology firm had a relatively low telecom profile in the days of 4G rollout, when the industry coalesced around a few big Nordic and Chinese vendors. It hopes to change all that with the latest generation of mobile technology, smashing through the Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia oligopoly like a sumo wrestler through a shoji. “It is NEC’s ambition to be a large and leading telecom equipment maker globally,” says Lopez.

It has been energized by open RAN and sees that technology as a catalyst for its growth. With 4G, most operators bought the radio access network products for a given site from the same vendor’s system, partly because different suppliers were about as communicative as warring relatives. Open RAN’s new interfaces are designed as a corrective. Using them, an operator could, say, mix one vendor’s radio units with another’s baseband software. Specialists see it as the unlocking of the RAN opportunity. Operators hope it will spur competition.

NEC benefited from a head start in open RAN, having supplied open radio units to NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s largest operator, long before the concept took off globally. But the game changer came with Rakuten, a Japanese version of Amazon (albeit smaller) that decided to build a new mobile network entirely on open RAN principles. NEC was soon chosen to supply 5G radio units. More recently, it has secured the contract to provide Rakuten’s standalone 5G core.

Rakuten’s ability to run a functioning open RAN network in Tokyo without performance problems has been great publicity for NEC. Lopez can now list Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, Spain’s Telefónica and UK-headquartered Vodafone as triallists or full-blown customers. NEC, it is safe to say, has emerged as one of the initial winners of the open RAN movement. Its 5G business may be on the cusp of a boom.

Today, it is a relatively small and unprofitable unit, generating about $370 million in revenues for the 2021 fiscal year and running up an operating loss of roughly $110 million (excluding Netcracker, a subsidiary that develops business and operational support systems). By 2026, NEC is confident of hauling in about $1.7 billion in annual sales and delivering an operating margin of 10%. To put that in context, the radio access network market normally generates between $30 billion and $35 billion in annual revenues, while the mobile core sector is worth about $8 billion.

Dell’Oro, a highly respected market-research firm, puts NEC’s share of today’s RAN market outside China at 2%. But NEC reckons it can do much better through open RAN. By 2030, it is targeting a 20% share of the entire global market for open RAN products. While analyst estimates of open RAN’s impact over the next few years vary widely, both Dell’Oro and Omdia, a Light Reading sister company, reckon the new technology will account for a tenth of annual RAN spending worldwide by the mid-2020s. In 2030, when 6G starts to put down roots, open RAN may conceivably be ubiquitous.

A 120-year-old startup

The ability of small RAN vendors to challenge the might of Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia is often in doubt. For all the talk of open RAN specialists, the industry giants do not have many obvious gaps or deficiencies in their product portfolios. Last year, they spent a combined $31 billion on research and development. They are embedded in telco infrastructure globally.

NEC is no ordinary midsized challenger, though. It is, for a start, part of a Japanese conglomerate employing about 115,000 people and generating more than $26 billion in annual sales. This, combined with its enthusiasm for the new, puts it in a unique position, thinks Lopez.

“You have emerging vendors that move fast and are innovative and don’t usually have the scale to manage large deployments, but they are open whereas the traditional vendors are usually more closed,” he says. “We see ourselves as the best of both worlds. We’re effectively a 120-year-old startup.”

The Japanese company evidently lacks the R&D muscle of Huawei, investing a total of $1 billion across various activities last year. Unlike either Huawei or Ericsson, it does not have its own silicon unit for RAN chips. To compensate, and in the true spirit of open RAN collaboration, it is partnering with silicon specialists such as Intel and Xilinx on product development. It has also focused initial efforts on a few select areas.

The first was a massive MIMO (meaning lots of antennas) 5G radio unit, now deployed at both Rakuten and NTT DoCoMo and set for rollout by Vodafone UK. The model advertised by Rakuten in August last year came with 32 transmitters and 32 receivers, weighed less than 22 kilograms, provided throughput of up to 1.7 Gbit/s and could support a wideband channel of 100MHz, all of which made it made it look like a competitive alternative to the big kit vendors at the time. Tareq Amin, Rakuten Mobile’s chief technology officer, also reckoned it cost half as much.

“That was probably best in class in the market in terms of performance, even compared with traditional ones, and it was deployed in Tokyo, in very urban and dense environments,” says Lopez. “And that drew attention to NEC and soon enough we ended up with requests from other operators that were interested in open RAN but didn’t quite know if it was ready for showtime.”

T‑Mobile to Expand and Advance the Nation’s Largest 5G Network with New 5‑Year Agreements
January 13, 2021

BELLEVUE, Washington, T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) announced five-year, multi-billion-dollar agreements with both Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Nokia (NYSE: NOK) to continue advancing and expanding the nation’s largest 5G network. Part of the network investment following last year’s merger with Sprint, these deals enable T-Mobile to add even more 5G coverage, capacity, speed and advanced technical capabilities across all of its spectrum bands.

“T-Mobile already has the largest 5G network in the country,” said Neville Ray, T-Mobile President of Technology. “These agreements with our longstanding 5G partners Nokia and Ericsson will help us take our 5G leadership even further, delivering ever-better experiences for our customers for years to come.”

Building on two decades of partnership, the Un-carrier will work with Ericsson and Nokia to expand its nationwide 5G network for better 5G coverage and future game-changing experiences, and advanced network capabilities like 5G carrier aggregation. T-Mobile launched the world’s first nationwide standalone 5G network last summer, and recently pulled off the world’s first 5G standalone (SA) data session with New Radio Carrier Aggregation (NR CA). T-Mobile is the first and only U.S. provider to combine the power of Extended Range and Ultra Capacity 5G, boosting speed and performance. T-Mobile also plans to add advanced technical capabilities like voice over 5G (VoNR), network slicing, and multi-user massive MIMO to its 5G network.

T-Mobile is already America’s 5G leader with the most advanced 5G network and fast 5G speeds in more places than any other wireless provider. T-Mobile’s Extended Range 5G now covers 280 million people across nearly 1.6 million square miles — that’s more than 2.5x the geographic coverage of AT&T and nearly 4x more than Verizon! And with Sprint now part of T-Mobile, the Un-carrier is widening its lead, lighting up Ultra Capacity 5G across the country and bringing fast 5G speeds to more places than anyone else. Ultra Capacity 5G can deliver average speeds of 300 Mbps with peaks approaching 1 Gbps and is now available in more than 1,000 cities and towns, covering more than 106 million people! That’s 50x more than Verizon covers with Ultra-Wideband! And at T-Mobile, 5G access is included at no extra charge in all smartphone plans.

U.K. Wants Challengers to Nokia and Ericsson for Mobile Networks
By Thomas Seal, December 7, 2021

The U.K. and its mobile networks have set a target of 2030 to carry 35% of their data over so-called Open RAN equipment, challenging dominant suppliers Nokia Oyj and Ericsson AB.

While not compulsory, the “ambition” to introduce Open RAN components announced Wednesday could limit the market share of the two Nordic vendors. They stood in line to inherit an effective duopoly after Britain banned their main competitor, China’s Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, from its next generation 5G wireless networks last year.

Open RAN stands for Open Radio Access Network and is an initiative intended to foster new competition. The Huawei ban exposed Britain’s reliance on a small number of suppliers, causing government ministers to try and diversify the supply chain.

Although Nokia and Ericsson have expressed support for Open RAN, the shift represents a big potential opportunity for startups and the likes of Airspan Inc. and Rakuten Group Inc.’s Altiostar, which sell Open RAN gear, as carriers plan to spend the next decade building 5G networks.

2G and 3G

The U.K. also said it’s agreed with its four biggest phone networks — BT Group Plc, Vodafone Group Plc, Virgin Media O2 and Three UK — to switch off older 2G and 3G mobile services by 2033. That will simplify the market for possible new vendors, save money and energy, and free up airwaves for other uses. Some operators had already started announcing their own plans to do this as customers move onto modern 4G and 5G standards.

U.K. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries is meeting White House officials including U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to discuss diversifying the global telecommunications supply chain, as well as trans-Atlantic data policy.

Sweden’s Ericsson sees 660 million 5G subscriptions by year end
November 30, 2021

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden’s Ericsson on Tuesday raised its global forecast for 5G mobile subscriptions to 660 million by the end of this year, citing stronger than expected demand in China and North America.

The telecom equipment maker, which had previously forecast 580 million subscriptions, said it expected 4.4 billion 5G subscriptions by the end of 2027, accounting for almost half of all mobile subscriptions at that time.

Ericsson said in its biannual Mobility Report that the strong demand in China and North America was driven partly by decreasing prices of 5G devices.

While 5G will become the dominant mobile access technology by subscriptions in 2027, Ericsson foresees 4G subscriptions to peak in Q4 2021, then decline as subscribers migrate to 5G.

Ericsson, which competes with China’s Huawei and Finland’s Nokia, added that 75% of the world’s population will have access to 5G coverage in 2027.

(Reporting by Helena Soderpalm; editing by Niklas Pollard)

Orange, Nokia team on using refurbished RAN gear
by Bevin Fletcher | Oct 13, 2021

Orange and Nokia are partnering up to increase the use of refurbished radio access network equipment, in an aim to reduce waste and increase sustainability as both target environmental goals, alongside controlling costs for economic savings.

Nokia will offer all Orange subsidiaries reconditioned RAN equipment (through procurement JV BuyIn) spanning technology generations, under the new commitment. Orange and Nokia said with the contract they hope to provide “a competitive and reliable alternative to network operators,” which meet equipment reliability thresholds of EU and ITU recommendations and directives.

Reusing equipment can help lower carbon emissions compared to manufacturing all new elements, and the partners said there are medium and long-term plans to expand to other network parts in addition to RAN.

It covers RAN equipment across technology generations, including 3G/4G/5G, according to an Orange spokesperson. Orange’s OSCAR program (more on that below) addresses gear less than 4 years old “and we need Nokia to be prepared to run the same processes with new 5G equipment as soon as they will be able to re-use,” the spokesperson noted, such as with network updates or RAN sharing.

Orange had already set plans in place to reduce its carbon footprint and create a mechanism for savings with a more predictable supply and demand environment by allowing the resale or reallocation of overstock through an internal marketplace that offers reused dismantled network components a new home. It’s part of a larger program dubbed OSCAR, which debuted in May and has the ultimate environmental aim to help reach net zero carbon goals in 2040. As part of OSCAR, Orange said that by 2025 its IT infrastructure, networks, and data centres will all operate using more existing equipment. The program also contributes to Orange’s target of EUR 1 billion in net cost savings by 2023.

The signed agreement with Nokia is the first major contract commitment towards Orange’s circular economy vision for its policy on procuring network infrastructure – with the option to purchase new gear alongside reusing existing equipment or using more reconditioned equipment where it can.

Orange plans to prioritize reusing equipment dismantled from its own networks, but when the needed equipment isn’t available from within the Orange Group, Nokia will supply the operator with gear coming from other locations.

Functional but unneeded equipment within a market is offered first to Orange operators in other countries (Orange operates in 26 countries), but if there’s no interest then Nokia has the option for buy-back or it will be resold to external partners, according to the operator.

“We are proud to share our common vision of the circular economy with Nokia, a vision where environmental exemplarity supports sustainable value creation. This mutual understanding leads today to this first major contractual step forward for the Orange Group and its subsidiaries, with a positive environmental impact for our two groups,” said Ramon Fernandez, delegate CEO, executive director of Finance, Performance and Development at Orange.

As part of OSCAR, under a RAN network sharing agreement, Orange Spain and Orange Belgium are able to resell equipment they decommission on Orange’s internal marketplace platform for use in the company’s other operating countries. Orange said the program saves tens of millions of euros each year while reducing the carbon footprint.

At launch, the resale of refurbished equipment was only open to Orange subsidiaries, but Fernandez has cited intent to extend the marketplace to other operators.

“Our main suppliers, which are strategic partners for Orange, have agreed to accompany us on the path of this major transformation. The implementation of this new ecosystem is not easy and requires complex negotiations,” said Béatrice Felder, CEO of Buy-In (the procurement alliance of Orange and Deutsche Telekom through which Nokia is offering refurbished gear to Orange subsidiaries), in a video introducing the OSCAR program earlier this year. “It’s a deep transformation of the economic industrial model for each of the players. A transformation that may take several years.”

On the Nokia side, the vendor has climate goals to cut emissions by 50% from 2019 to 2030, with reductions in both Nokia products used by customers and the company’s own operations.

Tommi Uitto, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said in the announcement that the new Orange agreement helps both of those aims.

“Committing to circularity takes us another step closer to achieving our own climate goals, as well as supporting our customers in achieving theirs,” Uitto stated. “Digitalization reduces waste, reuse extends product life, and through this we are able to realize the full value of our products.”

Nokia, Qualcomm and UScellular hit extended-range 5G world record over mmWave
-8 June 2021

-Successful milestone achieved on UScellular’s live 5G mmWave network using Nokia’s 5G extended-range mmWave solution and a 5G CPE powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X55 5G Modem-RF System with the Qualcomm® QTM527 mmWave antenna module

-Companies set new world record, achieving near gigabit speeds for distances ~10 km (6 mi) – delivering high capacity and ultra-low latency benefits associated with 5G mmWave to wider customer base

Espoo, Finland – Nokia, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and UScellular today announced that they have achieved a world record extended range over mmWave of more than 10km utilizing its 5G extended-range millimeter Wave (mmWave) solution on a commercial network. This milestone paves the way to bring extended range 5G service with massive capacity and low latency to even more regions across the U.S., including rural areas.

The field trial, which utilized Nokia’s AirScale Baseband and mmWave Radios in the 28 GHz (n261) band, was conducted on UScellular’s commercial network in Grand Island, Nebraska. The companies jointly tested multiple locations with different scenarios, measuring distance, throughput and latency.

This milestone was achieved at a world record distance of ~10km with average downlink speeds of ~1 Gbps, and uplink speeds reaching approximately 57Mbps. Additionally, ~750 Mbps downlink speed was recorded at a distance of >11km*.

5G mmWave will help close the “digital divide” and offers extreme capacity throughout rural, suburban, and urban areas. This significant milestone shows that Nokia’s 5G extended-range mmWave solution and Qualcomm® Fixed Wireless Access Platform gen 1 enables mobile operators such as UScellular to address the connectivity gap in communities that previously were not serviced or may not have an adequate internet connection.

Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) deliver fast broadband speeds on a cost-effective basis, thereby providing “last mile” access especially in rural areas, providing much-needed connectivity to schools, hospitals, and other anchor institutions.

Nokia’s mmWave portfolio is comprised of compact, multi-band, high-power and medium-power solutions, offering a wide range of deployment options and providing flexibility in ensuring service continuity across a wide variety of environments.

Nokia and UScellular recently announced an agreement to add 5G mmWave capabilities in the 24 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum bands with UScellular deploying Nokia’s award-winning AirScale portfolio, with Cloud RAN capabilities, to provide enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) 5G mmWave.

Juho Sarvikas, vice president and president, North America, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., said: “This successful collaboration represents another significant milestone for 5G mmWave aiming to close the ‘connectivity divide’ and expand broadband services to rural, suburban, and urban communities. Qualcomm Technologies is at the forefront of driving the next generation of wireless connectivity and with this milestone we are empowering operators and OEMs to offer cost-efficient, high-performance, extended-range multi-gigabit 5G broadband connectivity to consumers.”

Mike Irizarry, executive vice president and chief technology officer, UScellular, said: “These latest trial results reinforce the important role that fast, reliable wireless service plays in keeping people connected no matter where they live or work. With 5G mmWave technology from companies like Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies, we can provide our customers with the leading-edge capabilities of high performance, ultra-low latency 5G and offer an even wider range of communications services to enhance their wireless experience.”

Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks, Nokia, said: “These results demonstrate what 5G mmWave will bring to consumers, enterprises and industries. By extending the distance for 5G mmWave technology without sacrificing speed or latency, we will deliver an incredible 5G experience to even more areas. We are proud to work with our partners on this important and significant achievement. This is another milestone in the development of 5G services and demonstrates the capacity of our commercially deployed 5G solutions.”

*Actual testing results
Line-of-sight testing: 11.14km, downlink 748Mbps, uplink 56.78Mbps

Ericsson wins small share in Chinese 5G radio contract
By Catherine Sbeglia
August 2, 2021

While small, the deal is a positive sign for Ericsson, which has previously warned of market share loss in China

Ericsson has reportedly won a 3% share in a joint 5G radio contract from China Telecom and China Unicom. While small, the deal is a positive sign for the Swedish company, which has previous warned of market share loss in China as a result of Sweden’s ban on Chinese 5G equipment vendors.

Ericsson’s sales in mainland China dropped 60% from in Q2 2020 to Q2 2021, and then, in July, Nokia scored a 5G RAN deal with China Mobile, causing Ericsson to lose further ground in the country.

Through three contracts, China Mobile aims to purchase approximately 480,000 5G base stations to expand its 5G footprint. The new network infrastructure will be shared between China Mobile and China Broadcasting Network, which was established as a new mobile operator last year.

Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE took the lion’s share of the contracts, with Huawei securing 61% of the first contract, 59% of the second contract and 58% of the third and ZTE awarded 33.5%, 30% and 29% of the contract, respectively. Meanwhile, Nokia got a 10.1% share in one of the three contracts and Ericsson secured a share of only 9.6% of another contract.

“Given the context and based on the bidding rules, should Ericsson be awarded business in China Unicom and China Telecom we believe it would be in a similar range as with the China Mobile award,” the Ericsson said at the time, warning that smaller market shares were to be expected.

According to its website, Ericsson has 143 commercial 5G agreements, 81 publicly announced 5G contracts and is involved in 93 live 5G networks.

Chinese operators are moving quickly towards 5G, having already deployed a total of 916,000 5G base stations, accounting for 70% of the world’s total.

Ericsson nabs part of latest 5G RAN contract in China, Nokia left out – report
by Bevin Fletcher Aug 2, 2021

It appears that Ericsson was successful in securing a portion of Chinese mobile operators’ latest 5G tender, while Nokia was left out.

Reuters, citing sources familiar with the matter, reported that Sweden’s Ericsson won a 3% share in China Telecom and China Unicom’s joint 5G radio access network (RAN) contract. Ericsson had already warned of expected market share loss in China, pointing to geopolitical tensions involving its home base of Sweden. In July the vendor won just 2% share for China Mobile and China Broadcasting Network’s 5G radio tender, down from 11% in 2020.

Nokia, meanwhile, had benefited in July when it garnered a reported 4% share – after not winning any 5G RAN deals in China the year before (it did nab some 5G core business). However, the Finnish vendor walked away empty-handed in the latest round.

In a statement provided to FierceWireless, Nokia said: “We are aware of the results of the China Telecom and China Unicom joint 5G project tender. We respect the customers’ decision and remain committed to continuing to support China Telecom and China Unicom’s business in the future. We will continue to invest in our products and are ready to help our Chinese customers realize their 5G ambitions.”

The earlier 5G win in China was marked as a positive for the vendor as it works on a turnaround in its mobile networks business. Nokia had faced challenges with some of its 5G products and lost share with Verizon in the U.S. In Q2 results last week, Nokia noted it won back a customer in Canada and cited progress in China.

In addition to Ericsson, Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE were among winning suppliers for China Telecom and China Unicom, as was Datang Telecom, but percentages weren’t disclosed, according to Reuters.

FierceWireless reached out to Ericsson, Huawei, and the mobile carriers about China’s latest 5G contracts but had not heard back as of publication.

Huawei by and far had grabbed the highest share in China Mobile and CBN’s recent 5G radio contract awards, followed by ZTE.

According to a 2021 GSMA Intelligence report (PDF), mobile operators in the China region will invest nearly $210 billion in aggregate network capex (including RAN, core, and transport) over five years. A whopping 90% of that is going to 5G.

As of 2020, China Telecom and China Unicom had jointly built and are operating more than 320,000 5G base stations across China, the report stated. GSMA said it’s the largest commercial 5G network sharing agreement, covering more than 300 cities.

Last month, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology cited that some 961,000 5G base stations had been built across the country, an increase from 819,000 in May. China expects to have more than 560 million 5G users by 2023.

The 5G RAN market overall is poised for growth, according to Dell’Oro Group. Demand for 5G new radio (NR) drove a surprising surge in the firm’s five-year RAN revenue forecast, which projects cumulative 5G RAN revenues to near $150 billion to $200 billion. The July report pegged total base station shipments as on track to exceed 30 million between 2020-2025.

Alongside infrastructure build-out, as of 2020, China was one of the global leaders in 5G adoption.

The region added more than 200 million 5G connections last year, bringing its global share to 87%, according to the GSMA report. 5G adoption figures included mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. It anticipates that by 2025, 5G will account for 47% of total connections in China as subscriptions grow to 822 million.

In the U.S., GSMA expects 202 million 5G connections, accounting for 55% of all mobile by 2025. In other leading 5G markets like South Korea and Japan, 5G also will account for a higher share of connections (67% and 50%, respectively) than in China – but smaller market size means fewer 5G connections overall, 101 million in Japan, 41 million in South Korea

Telefonica selects Ericsson, Nokia for its 5G SA radio network: Report
By Juan Pedro Tomás on JUNE 15, 2021 5G, Business, Carriers, EMEA, Network Infrastructure, Wireless

Spanish operator Telefonica awarded contracts to roll out its 5G Standalone (SA) radio networks to Nordic vendors Ericsson and Nokia, local business newspaper Expansion reported.

According to the report, Chinese vendor Huawei was excluded from 5G SA contracts.

The newspaper reported that the decision to award the 5G SA contracts to these two vendors had been adopted by Telefonica last week.

For the transition from 5G NSA to 5G SA, Telefonica will use its 22,000 base stations across Spain and 100 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band as well as the frequencies it intends to bid for in next month’s 700 MHz band auction.

Telefonica had previously worked with Ericsson and Nokia for the deployment of 2G, 3G, and 4G networks across the country.

The Spanish operator still has to select the vendors for the deployment of its 5G core network.

Telefónica recently said it has extended the coverage of its 5G network to over 80% of the country’s population as of the end of the first quarter of 2021, having installed more than 4,300 nodes that offer coverage to more than 37 million inhabitants.

In a release, the telco said that its 5G network currently reaches 1,253 towns and cities across Spain.

The company launched its 5G service in September 2020 and had committed to deploy 5G in 921 towns and cities covering 75% of the Spanish population by the end of 2020.

During this first quarter of 2021, the deployment has focused on completing the coverage in the cities deployed last year and reaching cities with more than 20,000 inhabitants.

Telefónica’s 5G network currently combines the deployment of 5G NSA and DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing).

The telco is offering its 5G service through spectrum in the 3.5 GHz and 1.8-2.1 GHz bands.

The Spanish government has applied a 15% reduction to the starting price of 5G frequencies in the 700 MHz band as it had been requested by local carriers. The total starting price for the seven blocks of frequencies has been cut from around 1.2 billion euros ($1.45 billion) to 995 million euros ($1.20 billion). The licenses will be valid for a total of 40 years.

Applications to participate in the 700 MHz auction are due by July 2, with the auction expected to take place before July 21.

Nokia, Ericsson say component duty hike to impact cost effectiveness of local production
While Nokia will be applying for the production-linked scheme for telecom and networking products, Ericsson said that it is currently evaluating the scheme and its guidelines.

NEW DELHI: European telecom gear vendors Ericsson and Nokia said that they have flagged issues related to custom duty on components for telecom equipment, which will impact the cost effectiveness of local manufacturing at a time when the duty on finished product hasn’t been increased correspondingly.

The Indian government recently increased custom duty from zero to 10-20% on various components, including PCBA, base station controller, system module and cables among others that go into manufacturing of telecom equipment. There is 10% surcharge applicable on the custom duty.

These components are not locally available in India and vendors are forced to source them from global sources. They recently told the DoT that the duty change in custom notification has resulted in increased duties of items (components) used in manufacturing of finished telecom network equipment like Radios, Baseband and Microwave.

5 myths about 5G Transport
Don´t let these misconceptions stop you from building a superior transport network.
Several myths exist about 5G transport and its technologies. Don´t let these misconceptions stop you from building a superior transport network for 5G services everywhere. We bust the myths for you.

Myth 1: Every 5G radio site must have a GPS
The specific requirements for RAN timing and sync are dependent on the radio technology deployed and the spectrum used. There’s also a need for increased reliability in the timing source. While today’s FDD-based LTE network can continue to operate for hours after sync loss with no degradation, in the future, loss of timing will have an immediate impact on RAN performance.

Although the mobile transport network itself does not need synchronization, it can provide timing and synchronization to the RAN. Router 6000 can work as boundary and/or grandmaster clock to distribute timing to other elements in the network. The result is exceptional 5G sync and lowered TCO. By managing upstream and downstream routers, basebands at hubs and other sites, the Router 6000 eliminates the need for a GPS at every radio site.

Myth 2: Radio over Ethernet is most efficient for transporting CPRI over packet networks
With 5G we see more operators exploring the possibility to centralize their networks and build packet-based fronthaul systems. But by doing this, there is also a need to handle the legacy CPRI flows to enable a packet-only network. Two options are available; Mapping the CPRI frames into ethernet packets, called Radio over Ethernet (RoE) or Convert the CPRI streams into eCPRI by RAN Compute processing.

The two alternatives have their set of benefits, where conversion being the most effective technology in terms of bandwidth savings – 60-80% savings can be achieved depending on RAN configuration and by that, reducing the fiber needs as well as transport equipment. Ericsson Router 6673 supports RoE and Conversion in the same platform, offering full support across all current and future Ericsson radios CPRI and eCPRI variations. It also works as a cell site router and aggregates enterprise traffic.

Myth 3: Existing LTE backhaul is sufficient for 5G
One of the major benefits of 5G is the improved user capacity it brings. Beside the optimization of the radio protocol stack, this improvement is enabled by the availability of multiple new frequency bands. When adding mid- and high-band spectrums, the backhaul network also needs to be upgraded to meet widely varying, but strict, requirements for performance, capacity, latency, synchronization, and security. It must also support the various needs of parallel network architectures and technologies, and seamlessly support the coordination between many more cell sites.

Myth 4: Microwave is not a viable transport media for 5G
The steady evolution of backhaul over the last 40 years has been a response and adaptation to the requirements from new services enabled by new generation of mobile technology. The key to increased capacity is accessing new frequency bands, wider channel bandwidths, higher modulation schemes and other spectrum efficient solutions.

Microwave technology is being used for both 5G backhaul and fronthaul, and is continuously evolving. 100 Gbps speed is already verified.

Myth 5: All types of optical pluggables can be used in mobile networks
In mobile networks, the optical pluggables need specific features: they have to be highly cost-effective, tolerate outdoor deployments of high and low temperatures, have a long lifetime to avoid costly downtime and network replacements, and meet the requirements for power consumption.

Ericsson has initiated a joint effort with Nokia and three leading optical pluggables vendors, II-VI, Lumentum and Sumitomo Electric, to agree on the most important high-level requirements and optical solutions for 5G. This intends to get a common and shared view in the industry to secure that the right optical pluggables are available at the right time and the right cost for the 5G buildouts.

Nokia, Qualcomm, and UScellular achieve 5G distance record
June 08, 2021

Nokia (NYSE:NOK), Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), and UScellular announce achieving a world record extended range of more than 10km utilizing 5G extended-range millimeter Wave or mmWave on a commercial network.
The companies say the milestone “paves the way to bring extended range 5G service with massive capacity and low latency to even more regions across the U.S., including rural areas.”
The field trial used Nokia’s AirScale Baseband and mmWave Radios in the 28 GHz band and Qualcomm’s Fixed Wireless Access Platform on UScellular’s commercial network in Grand Island, Nebraska.
The world record distance came with average downlink speeds of ~1 Gbps, and uplink speeds reaching approximately 57Mbps. Additionally, ~750 Mbps downlink speed was recorded at a distance of over 11km.

Ericsson launches 3 new radios for mid-band 5G
by Monica Alleven Feb 22, 2021

Just as the U.S. awaits news about who got what in the C-band auction, Ericsson is announcing new radios designed to accelerate operators’ mid-band deployments for 5G around the world.

The radios were designed from the ground up to work primarily on operators’ existing sites, whether that be rooftops or towers, according to Sibel Tombaz, head of 5G Highband and Active Antenna Systems at Ericsson.

The AIR 6419 and 3219 radios support the 3.4-3.6 GHz and the AIR 3258 works at 3.4-3.8 GHz. A spokesman said the products announced today do not currently support C-band in the U.S. but will in the future.

Often referred to as the “sweet spot” for 5G spectrum, mid-band spectrum offers both coverage and capacity. Coupled with Massive MIMO, it’s poised to be a game-changer, according to Ericsson.

The new radios support both stand-alone (SA) 5G and non-standalone (NSA) deployments and can be used in urban, suburban and rural areas, Tombaz said. At 20 kilos each, or about 44 pounds, the radios are 45% lighter than the previous generation and 20% more energy efficient.

Ericsson also announced six new products in its RAN Compute portfolio, including indoor and outdoor options for 4G expansions and mid-band 5G rollouts, with up to 50% higher throughput and 15-20% lower energy consumption.

These latest additions to Ericsson’s Massive MIMO and RAN Compute portfolios are powered by Ericsson silicon with an architecture design that provides the Massive MIMO radios with real-time channel estimation and ultra-precise beamforming, the company said.

“How you do the beamforming is extremely important for what you get out of the radio,” Tombaz added. Using Ericsson silicon gives it the unique ability of having more processing in the radio to access real-time information. “All these pieces allow us to get the best beamforming with instant information about the channel.”

Massive MIMO, which stands for Multiple Input, Multiple Output, consists of multiple antenna arrays and spatial diversity to create multiple transmission channels for faster data throughput to individual users.

According to ABI Research, these announcements from Ericsson are a “huge turning point” and boost for the much sought-after ubiquitous 5G.

“Traditionally, the sheer weight of Massive MIMO antennas and their extensive energy-consumption have been major barriers to their adoption. Ericsson has addressed that with products that are much slimmer, up to 45% lighter, and 20% more energy efficient,” said Johanna Alvarado, senior analyst at ABI Research, in a statement.

“This is an important development that will stimulate the adoption of Massive MIMO technology and will no doubt help operators lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by reducing the installation cost, their site occupancy, and energy bill all while improving overall network performance,” Alvarado said.

ABI Research expects shipments of Massive MIMO radios to grow from 1.8 million in 2020 to a whopping 7.7 million in 2026, representing almost 30% of the global cell site footprint by 2026.

Nokia and Optus deploy Australia’s first integrated 5G antenna
Nokia’s Interleaved Passive Active Antenna has been deployed in Yeerongpilly, Brisbane, in collaboration with Optus.
By Rachael Sharpe

Nokia has today announced the deployment of Australia’s first Interleaved Passive Active Antenna (IPAA), in collaboration with operator, Optus. The IPAA, which will help ease site related challenges and in turn accelerate the introduction of 5G services across the country, has been deployed in Yeerongpilly, Brisbane.

The IPAA solution, developed by Nokia in collaboration with CommScope, has allowed Optus – as it will other operators – to upgrade existing sites to 5G by simply replacing their existing antennas with a similar sized unit that supports all legacy technologies as well as 5G massive MIMO active antenna.

Lambo Kanagaratnam, Optus.
“We’re committed to keeping our customers connected and at the forefront of 5G. By partnering with global technology leaders like Nokia, we continue to bring the best global innovations to our customers. The introduction of the IPAA into our network infrastructure will help us speed up the deployment of our 5G network by addressing space and structural capacity constraints,” said Lambo Kanagaratnam, Managing Director of Networks at Optus.

Nokia’s modular IPAA supports both legacy frequency bands and new 5G bands, simplifying and easing deployment challenges of finding space on towers and rooftops, accelerating rollout of 5G networks. This is important as operators looking to rollout 5G will often find finding space on existing towers and rooftops for new massive MIMO active antenna equipment poses a significant deployment challenge. Additionally, lengthy delays in acquiring permission for site upgrades; the potential strengthening of the supporting structures and potential higher rental payments to landlords, can in combination seriously delay operators, making this new 5G technology particularly helpful.

Rob Joyce, Nokia.
“We’re delighted to be partnering with Optus to bring our unique IPAA solution into play in the Australian market. The IPAA is an advanced technical solution to tackle the problems of finding space on towers and rooftops for 5G upgrades. Operators can now simply replace an existing antenna with Nokia’s IPAA solution to upgrade the site and at the same time, introduce 5G; it couldn’t be simpler,” said Rob Joyce, Chief Technology Officer of Australia and New Zealand at Nokia.

Ericsson launches new private 5G platform
Written by Wei Shi June 2, 2021

Swedish kit maker Ericsson has unveiled Private 5G to support LTE and 5G SA private networks to tap the opportunities in the enterprise cellular market.

In a press release the company said the new platform will be able to optimise and simplify business operations with cloud-based network management, but also keep sensitive data on-premises. It promises zero downtime upgrades and guarantees SLA-based high performance. The primary sectors the new solution targets include manufacturing, mining and process industry, offshore and power utilities, as well as ports and airports.

“With Ericsson Private 5G, we take the best of Ericsson’s current portfolio and top it up with the best of our new technology,” said Thomas Noren, Ericsson’s Head of Dedicated Networks (meaning private networks in Ericsson parlance). “We do this to give businesses what they need to improve productivity, enable new offerings and give employees a better working environment.”

Ericsson has been more successful selling through service providers, even in the private cellular market. It is not going to alienate its main customer group with the new private network solution. “With Ericsson Private 5G, we also give operators a better way to serve business customers and leverage their assets – in short, to grow beyond mobile broadband,” Ericsson’s Thomas Noren hastened to add.

In comparison, its Nordic competitor has been bolder in collaborating with enterprises directly, in other words, bypassing telecom operators in the enterprise cellular market when necessary. This has come both with the Alcatel-Lucent heritage that Nokia has taken over, and out of the recognition that private networks represent a much bigger opportunity in 5G era than before. This is particularly true in markets like Germany and Japan, where spectrums are made available and licenses awarded for enterprises and other institutions to rollout their private 5G networks.

But this doesn’t mean Ericsson has shied away from this segment until now. To strengthen its offerings in “dedicated networks” (and a global IoT platform) was the key driver behind Ericsson’s $1.1 billion acquisition of Cradlepoint, an American market leader in wireless edge WAN 4G and 5G enterprise solutions. In April the company announced a 4G (and also “5G-ready”) private network with Airbus, with no mention of any role played by any telecom operators.

Ericsson Private 5G set to transform secure on-site connectivity

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has launched Ericsson Private 5G. It offers secure and simple 4G LTE and 5G Standalone (SA) connectivity primarily targeting – but not limited to – manufacturing, mining and process industry, offshore and power utilities, as well as ports and airports.

Ericsson Private 5G optimizes and simplifies business operations with cloud-based network management, keeps sensitive data on-premise, has zero downtime upgrades and guarantees high performance through Service-Level Agreements (SLAs).

It is easily installed within hours at any facility and can be scaled to support larger coverage areas, more devices and higher capacity when needed. The product is designed to be flexible and will support a range of deployment sizes, depending on requirements, to suit varied needs. Businesses can manage their networks and integrate with IT/OT systems via an open API.

Ericsson Private 5G builds upon Ericsson’s 4G/5G radio and dual mode core technology, enabling a wide variety of use cases for both indoor and outdoor environments while integrating well with business operations, devices and applications. As a result, companies can improve productivity, give their customers more value and provide better working environments for employees.

Use cases include tracking assets and real-time automation to improve productivity in warehouses with digital twins that can help to optimize manufacturing operations. Efficient quality inspections can also be performed via augmented reality or smart surveillance drones to increase worker safety, particularly in potentially hazardous environments such as ports and mines.

Ericsson already has a significant track record of operational 4G and 5G private network deployments with customers worldwide. Ericsson Private 5G builds on the success of that solution portfolio and deployment insights, as well as insights from projects such as 5G-Industry Campus Europe.

Peter Burman, Program Manager Mine Automation, at Swedish mining company Boliden, says: “Automation, and safety through automation in our mining operations is an absolute must for us. Ericsson Private 5G is exactly what Boliden needs to bring high quality, fast and secure connectivity into potentially hazardous environments allowing us to mobilize efficiency and safety improving use cases.

Niels König, Coordinator 5G-Industry Campus Europe, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT: “Private 5G networks are highly attractive for producing companies because of the uncompromised performance that 5G can bring, allowing them to tackle the challenges of production. Efficiently deploying and using network solutions in enterprises requires simplicity in installation, flexibility in connecting to existing production IT and lean operations while at the same time being able to scale the network to meet future challenges. Ericsson Private 5G delivers exactly these capabilities.”

Leo Gergs, Senior Analyst, ABI Research, says: “With this new offering, Ericsson will be able to address key trends in the enterprise cellular market. The value proposition will appeal to operators and service providers as the solution hides technology complexity and therefore reduces the barrier of entry to deployment for many different flavors of enterprise networks.”

Thomas Noren, Head of Dedicated Networks, Business Area Technologies and New Businesses, Ericsson, says: “With Ericsson Private 5G, we take the best of Ericsson’s current portfolio and top it up with the best of our new technology. We do this to give businesses what they need to improve productivity, enable new offerings and give employees a better working environment. With Ericsson Private 5G, we also give operators a better way to serve business customers and leverage their assets – in short, to grow beyond mobile broadband.”

Nokia confirms it’s replacing the ‘incumbent vendor’ in Swedish 5G deal
by Mary Lennighan

Nokia has announced that it will provide the equipment for some – it’s statement implies quite a lot – of Net4Mobility’s 5G rollout in Sweden.

The Finnish vendor said it has brokered a five-year deal with the mobile operator, a joint venture between Telenor and Tele2, to deploy kit from its AirScale portfolio.

The thing is, Nokia hasn’t really told us anything we didn’t already know. Net4Mobility announced when it won 3.5 GHz spectrum in Sweden in January that it had finalised its vendor procurement process and would use Nokia and Ericsson for the rollout. That was bigger – although also largely expected – news, since the selection of the two big European players meant the end of the road for Net4Mobility’s legacy vendor Huawei.

Sweden is, of course, one of a handful of countries to issue an outright ban on Huawei in 5G networks, but a legal challenge from the Chinese is ongoing. But that’s a digression…

“Nokia will replace the incumbent vendor with deployment already underway,” it said, diplomatically.

Nokia said it has been selected by Net4Mobility “to roll out commercial 5G services across significant areas of Sweden.” It did not provide further details on the actual extent of that coverage area. Nor did it – understandably – share what Ericsson’s position in the rollout might be. It is a likely a similar announcement from the Swedish vendor will be forthcoming.

The deal will improve legacy 4G performance while increasing capacity with 5G services introduced at the majority of sites within awarded areas, Nokia said. It added that Net4Mobility will also “take advantage” of the 3.5 GHz frequencies it won at the auction for dense urban coverage. Essentially, Nokia will rip out Huawei’s 4G network, replace it with its own kit, and add some new sites over the course of the contract. New sites will amount to “a significant number” per year, apparently.

“5G is already available in our biggest cities and we aim to offer the service to 99.9% of Sweden’s population by the end of 2023. We are delighted to extend our partnership with Nokia and have them as one of our vendors going into the 5G era,” said Jonas Edén, CTO of Telenor Sweden, in a canned statement.

Movistar selects Nokia for 5G deployment in Chile
By Juan Pedro Tomás on MAY 11, 2021

Chilean mobile operator Movistar, owned by Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, has selected Nokia to provide its AirScale portfolio to launch the operator’s 5G network in Chile.

In addition, Nokia will upgrade Movistar’s 4G and “4G+” networks to strengthen the critical network backbone across Chile’s key markets.

The upgraded network, which will operate across Movistar’s recently won spectrum in Chile’s 5G auction in the 3.5 GHz band, will leverage Nokia’s AirScale Radio Access portfolio to deliver ultra-low latency, and high capacity, for residential consumers and small to medium-sized business. Nokia’s AirScale portfolio can be upgraded from 4G/LTE to 5G/NR via a software-based upgrade, the Finnish vendor said.

Nokia also noted that the 5G network will offer Movistar’s business customers access to 5G use cases, including support for Industry 4.0, public sector and health innovations, and private wireless.

Antonio Bueno, head of technology at Movistar Chile, said: “We believe that 5G will bring enormous potential to the country, both for people and for the vertical sectors. It is in this last area where the fifth generation will also be able to make the Connected Industry and the Internet of Things (IoT) a reality, thanks to its low latency, high speeds, and the ability to connect thousands of devices. From our company, and together with Nokia, we will continue to accelerate the developments and innovations that Chile needs, also adding universities, startups, entrepreneurs, and other actors in the economy.”

Osvaldo Di Campli, head of Latin America at Nokia, said: “Latin America has a diverse mix of emerging markets and more established economies, yet this melting pot of business and consumer potential has so far not been able to experience the benefits of 5G. Chile epitomizes the region’s hunger for growth and innovation, so we are excited to work with Telefónica on its 5G commercial network in Chile to bring next-generation connectivity to enterprises and end-users.”

In February, Chile completed what it claimed to be the first tender to assign 5G spectrum in Latin America.

The country’s telecoms watchdog Subtel said that the government raised $453 million in four rounds (700 MHz, AWS, 3.5 GHz and 26 GHz), which is 512% more than what was collected in all previous spectrum tenders combined.

Subtel also confirmed that a total of 1.8 gigahertz was awarded for mobile broadband.

Mobile operators Movistar, Entel and WOM secured 50 megahertz of 3.5 GHz spectrum each, disbursing 117 billion pesos (currently $167 million), 100 billion pesos and 32 billion pesos respectively.

WOM won a 20 megahertz block in the 700 MHz band, 30 megahertz in the AWS band, and 50 megahertz in the 3.5 GHz band, paying around $150 million.

Claro and Entel also secured additional spectrum in the 26 GHz band.

The Chilean government expects the future development of 5G networks will lead to additional investments of $5 billion over five years.

Ericsson Launches Radio 6626 for Low Cost Site Upgrades

Ericsson Radio 6626 blends two frequencies and six ports in the same unit that open the true potential of the radio to power all three sectors of the tower

The Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson has announced Radio 6626, which is a dual-band three-sector radio to aid communication service providers in increasing their Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) 5G frequency capacity. Ericsson Radio 6626 has been designed to provide multi-standard and multi-band coverage. Not only this but, it is designed to lower the costs and reduce the footprint for the companies rolling out networks. The newest addition in Ericsson’s radio portfolio blends two frequencies and six ports in the same unit. This opens the true potential of the radio to power all three sectors of the tower. Since the Ericsson site towers already have 2G, 3G and 4G radios, the 6T6R supports 2G to 5G mobile standards.

Ericsson Radio 6626 is Powered by Ericsson Silicon
Ericsson Radio 6626, powered by Ericsson Silicon, can provide 720W of power output. It nearly weighs under 45kg. The new offering by Ericsson is available in a 900Mhz and 800Mhz dual-band version along with 1800MHz and 2100Mhz dual-band, Radio 6626 arms CSPs with the external support of boost capacity. Apart from Ericsson Radio 6626, the entity is also launching Voltage Booster 6640. The new offering reduces the need for new cabling and delivers 50% more power through existing cables. Also, the Voltage Booster 6640 is 70% efficient in installation and equipment costs than new cabling.

What Else the Ericsson End-to-End Offering Includes?
The end-to-end offering by Ericsson also includes Baseband 6631 and Microwave-based MINI-LINK 6352. The Ericsson Baseband 6631 is the newest multi-standard RAN Compute pathway for towers that run on 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G technologies. The multi-band booster design adds up to 10Gbps with E-band and increases the backhaul capacity with reduced OPEX and footprint. All the products are specially designed by Ericsson to aid CSPs in rolling out commercial 5G service worldwide.

Ericsson Radio 6626 Will Reduce Radio Footprint and Installation Time
David Hammarwall, who is the Head of Product Line Radio at Ericsson, marked that the latest addition in the Ericsson portfolio offers an opportunity for CSPs to reduce the installation time on the site as well as reduce radio footprint. Also, it lowers the power consumption by up to 50%, and it will help the customers of Ericsson in accelerating 5G coverage with ubiquitous FDD bands.

Ericsson launches three-sector radio 6626 for efficient site upgrades and capacity boost

Ericsson continues to expand its range of radio products and solutions to simplify site upgrades and capacity expansions as communications service providers execute their network evolution strategies.

Ericsson is launching Radio 6626, a unique three-sector dual-band radio to help communications service providers (CSPs) increase their Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) 5G frequency capacity, even as their site towers already have 2G, 3G and 4G radios.

The latest addition to Ericsson’s radio portfolio provides multi-standard and multi-band coverage while lowering costs and reducing footprint – up to 50 percent lower energy consumption.

The three-sector dual-band Radio 6626 combines two frequencies and six ports in one unit. This ability enables one radio to power all three sectors on the tower. The 6T6R radio supports 2G-to-5G mobile standards.

Available in a 900MHz and 800MHz dual-band version, as well as 1800MHz and 2100 MHz dual-band, Radio 6626 arms CSPs with added support to boost capacity while addressing cost-related challenges.

Powered by Ericsson Silicon, the Ericsson Radio 6626 can provide 720W of output power. It weighs under 45kg.

Ericsson is also launching Voltage Booster 6640. The product minimizes the need for new cabling as it expands power capacity to the radios by up to 50 percent though using existing cables. By adding Ericsson Voltage Booster 6640 rather than swapping cables, CSPs can save up to 70 percent of hardware and installation costs.

The end-to-end offering also includes:

Baseband 6631: the latest multi-standard RAN Compute pathway for towers that run multiple technologies from 2G to 5G
Microwave-based MINI-LINK 6352: adds up to 10Gbps with E-band, aggregating with existing microwave radios. The multi-band booster design increases backhaul capacity with zero footprint and reduced OPEX
The new products complement the recently launched ultra-light Massive MIMO and RAN Compute portfolios – aimed at making it easier for CSP to roll out commercial 5G services.

David Hammarwall, Head of Product Line Radio, Ericsson, says: ”Our new triple-sector, dual-band radio offers an opportunity for communications service providers to significantly reduce radio footprint and installation time needed on site. At the same time it lowers total power consumption by up to 50 percent. This will help our customers to increase capacity and further accelerate 5G coverage with ubiquitous FDD bands.”

Patrick Pisal-Hamida, Group CEO, Telma Madagascar, says: ”The new multi-band, multi-sector, high-power radios from Ericsson will meet Telma’s need for more efficient tower upgrades. They will bring tangible OPEX benefits in minimizing power consumption, weight on tower, and faster rollout. We are excited to deploy Ericsson’s multi-standard technology solutions with the smallest footprint in the industry.”

Ericsson now boasts superior 5G radios to Huawei
News Analysis
IAIN MORRIS, International Editor

When it comes to radios, the smaller and lighter the better. A high-end 5G radio made by Ericsson previously weighed up to 36 kilograms and was an awkward fit in many places. Bulkier equipment also gobbles up energy, partly because techniques to reduce heat become unavailable. “If you cannot make the size smaller, you cannot use passive cooling,” says Sibel Tombaz, Ericsson’s head of 5G highband and midband active antenna systems.

But after some cleverness within Ericsson Silicon, the Swedish vendor’s in-house chips division, Ericsson has been able to shed some excess weight. It is not just a marginal improvement, either. Its state-of-the-art, midband 5G radio, featuring 64 transmitters and receivers, now weighs only 20 kilograms, a reduction of up to 45%. Energy consumption is down 15% to 20% compared with older equipment, says the company.

Smaller and lighter 5G products could be critical in Europe, says Ericsson.
Smaller and lighter 5G products could be critical in Europe, says Ericsson.
This is something of a breakthrough for Ericsson, and it might even negate one of the big advantages Chinese manufacturers have had over their European rivals. Around this time last year, Huawei was shouting about similar “massive MIMO” gear that weighed about 25 kilograms per unit. At the time, Ericsson’s equivalent products were up to 15 kilograms heavier, according to Earl Lum, an analyst with EJL Wireless Research. His figure roughly tallies with Ericsson’s for its previous generation of equipment.

“As of today, from our side, we can definitely say that this 20 kilograms is a new benchmark for our industry,” says Tombaz. “This is the lowest size and weight you can find in that kind of massive MIMO radio.”

Technical edge
The claim is hard to validate because at the time of publication neither Huawei nor Ericsson’s Nordic rival Nokia had been able to confirm details of their latest weight specifications. Nevertheless, Ericsson is essentially boasting a 5-kilogram advantage over the products Huawei was marketing this time last year. Nor has the Chinese vendor publicly announced improvements since then.

The three big vendors still account for up to 80% of the global market for radio access network equipment, and any technical edge could lure customers. Energy consumption accounts for a major slice of operating costs within the service provider business – about 5% of the total bill in 2018, according to research carried out by McKinsey, a management consultancy. Any savings could fatten profit margins. With more lightweight equipment, operators could also speed up 5G rollout and cut installation costs.

Assuming the same levels of traffic and capacity, Tombaz estimates total cost of ownership at a given mobile site would be 40% to 50% less with Ericsson’s new radios than with older gear. She believes the latest products will make a real difference in parts of Europe where there are still site and spectrum constraints. “This really will make the European market grow,” she says.

What explains the breakthrough Ericsson has made in the last year? Tombaz talks of a “cadence” of improvements that have happened in the design of application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). The system-on-a-chip technology developed by Ericsson Silicon, she says, has been the “main foundation” of the decrease in size and weight.

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That seems to vindicate Ericsson’s strategy of doubling down on the radio access networks business and boosting investments in research and development (R&D). In 2016, under previous management, Ericsson spent about 31.6 billion Swedish kronor (US$3.8 billion) on R&D across a diverse range of activities. As a more specialized vendor, it invested SEK39.7 billion ($4.8 billion) last year.

The funds have gone toward computing improvements as well as radio innovation. On the baseband side – the part of the network that processes signals – Ericsson is promising various options that will bring a 50% improvement in throughput, as well as more energy efficiency, compared with its older range of products.

Tough act to follow?
The updates put pressure on rivals including Huawei. HiSilicon, the Chinese vendor’s equivalent of Ericsson Silicon, has lost access to major foundries reliant on US equipment or expertise, including Taiwan’s TSMC, because of US trade sanctions. TSMC’s cutting-edge manufacturing processes have been critical for reducing the power consumption of Huawei’s 5G kit, according to Ryan Koontz, an analyst at Rosenblatt Securities, as cited in research that S&P Global Market Intelligence published last July.

Nokia is also under pressure. Under previous management, it mistakenly chose costly programmable chips rather than ASICs for its 5G products. That decision ate into profit margins and hurt Nokia’s competitiveness. The good news is that Nokia is now partway through an overhaul that has already boosted profitability. But the Finnish company this year needs to prove it is not merely playing 5G catch-up with its main competitors.

Matching the sophistication of these massive MIMO products will be especially hard for open RAN, a newfangled system designed to improve vendor interoperability. “In this purpose-built portfolio, we are really focusing on the performance, size and weight, and this is really happening through end-to-end co-design and integration, where the hardware and software are the key components,” says Tombaz. For open RAN, achieving “parity” with customized products is something France’s Orange expects by the mid-2020s. Today’s update shows how challenging that will be.

Nokia and Google Cloud partner to develop new, cloud-based 5G radio solutions
Press Release
15 March 2021

Nokia and Google Cloud partner to develop new, cloud-based 5G radio solutions

– The two companies will develop 5G solutions combining Nokia’s Radio Access Network (RAN), Open RAN, and Cloud RAN, with Google’s edge computing platform

– Building on recent partnership announced in February, new collaboration between Nokia and Google Cloud will deliver additional 5G monetization opportunities for CSPs

Espoo, Finland – Nokia has today announced a partnership with Google Cloud to develop new, cloud-based 5G radio solutions. The two companies will collaborate on joint solutions combining Nokia’s Radio Access Network (RAN), Open RAN, Cloud RAN (vRAN) and edge cloud technologies, with Google’s edge computing platform and applications ecosystem. The collaboration will lead to the development of solutions and use cases to solve key 5G scenarios for businesses worldwide.

The initial collaboration, which is already underway at Nokia’s Espoo headquarters, will pursue a number of different workstreams. The first, which will focus on Cloud RAN, will integrate Nokia’s 5G vDU (virtualized distributed unit) and 5G vCU (virtualized centralized unit) with Google’s edge computing platform, running on Anthos. Nokia’s 5G standalone network with vCU and 5G core will also be tested on Google Cloud Anthos platform as a cloud-native deployment.

Today, global CSPs can unlock new monetization opportunities by driving 5G connectivity and advanced services to enterprise customers at the network edge, to deliver new, digital experiences for consumers. By leveraging its Open RAN and Cloud RAN leadership and combining it with best-in-class public cloud infrastructure from Google Cloud, Nokia is expanding its ecosystem of partners and helping CSPs lower deployment and operational costs, which is essential for monetizing 5G deployments. Both Nokia and Google Cloud will continue to develop the scope of these initial collaborations by exploring new technologies and solutions that will enhance their joint 5G Cloud RAN and edge cloud solutions.

Recognizing the performance demands of a 5G network, Nokia will also work to certify its Nokia AirFrame Open Edge hardware with Anthos. Nokia AirFrame Open Edge distributes computing capacity into the edge of the network and drives the implementation of Cloud RAN, Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC), as well as 5G.

George Nazi, Global VP, Telco, Media & Entertainment Industry Solutions at Google Cloud, said: “In the 5G era, we’re committed to delivering solutions underpinned by world-class engineering that support our customers’ requirements and help them to take advantage of 5G.”

Bikash Koley, VP, Google Global Network and Head of Technology for Telecom Products at Google Cloud, said: “This partnership with Nokia will combine both of our decades of mobile communications expertise to deliver new solutions that help CSPs enable business transformation at the network edge.”

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “We are excited to develop new 5G solutions at the network edge with Google Cloud. Our service provider customers will benefit greatly from this collaboration with more choice and flexibility to efficiently deploy and orchestrate 5G networks. This will ultimately help our customers deliver 5G services on the network edge providing multiple options of cloud-based solutions paving the way forward.”

Alex Choi, SVP, Strategy and Technology Innovation at Deutsche Telekom, said: “Deutsche Telekom is on a journey to transform to a new open, disaggregated and cloud-native infrastructure with an automated production model. We are therefore excited to see two innovative organizations like Nokia and Google Cloud joining forces to accelerate ecosystem innovation across critical areas like Open RAN and virtual RAN and the cloud-native 5G Core.”

Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, TELUS, said: “As we accelerate our digital transformation journey, we’re pleased to see two leaders coming together who are committed to innovation in 5G. These new edge and convergence solutions coming out of the collaboration between Nokia and Google Cloud will help TELUS fuel a fundamental shift to digital across communications, healthcare, agriculture, and many other sectors—redefining how service is delivered in Canada and around the world.”

Nokia and AWS to enable cloud-based 5G radio solutions
Press Release
15 March 2021

Nokia and AWS to enable cloud-based 5G radio solutions

– Collaboration to utilize Cloud RAN and Open RAN technology to develop new customer-focused 5G use cases

– Nokia working with AWS to extend reach of Cloud RAN and Open RAN technology and accelerate 5G deployments

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced that it has signed an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to research and enable Cloud RAN (vRAN) and Open RAN technologies to support the development of new customer-focused 5G solutions. The collaboration, which will be conducted at Nokia’s facilities, aims to develop innovative proof of concepts (PoC) to explore and enable Cloud RAN and related technologies. Nokia is pursuing a strategy of collaborating with AWS to extend the reach of its Cloud RAN technologies in support of 5G deployments and the development of new use cases.

The initiative will see engineering teams from both companies research how the combination of Nokia’s RAN (Radio Access Network), Open RAN, Cloud RAN and edge solutions can operate seamlessly with AWS Outposts. This collaboration will enable communications service providers (CSPs) and enterprises with 5G connectivity to utilize AWS across the topology of the mobile network. Operators will be able to simplify the network virtualization and platform layers for the Core and RAN network functions by leveraging the agility and scalability of cloud. This will also enable enterprises to achieve their desired business outcomes for new 5G use cases developed by AWS ISV Partners.

AWS offers its customers a comprehensive suite of on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs on a pay-as-you-go basis. This collaboration will allow Nokia to leverage AWS services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS), AWS Outposts, AWS Local Zones, and other related services for automating network functionality, or end customer application deployment, scaling, and management.

The collaboration will cover three distinct areas. First, the project will focus on onboarding and validating Nokia’s 5G vDU (virtualized distributed unit) on AWS Outposts using Amazon EKS for far edge cloud or on-premises deployments. The second area will examine the implementation of Nokia’s 5G vCU (virtualized centralized unit) with AWS Outposts, AWS Local Zones, using Amazon EKS as a cloud native deployment. The third part of the collaboration will build a proof of concept for an end-to-end solution with Nokia’s 5G Cloud RAN and 5G standalone Core network running on AWS, where end enterprise users can leverage 5G for use cases such as an industrial application.

As part of this collaboration, Nokia will run AWS EKS Anywhere on the Nokia AirFrame Open Edge server. Nokia AirFrame Open Edge distributes computing capacity into the edge of the network and drives the implementation of Cloud RAN, Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) as well as 5G.

Nokia is accelerating its Open RAN and Cloud RAN leadership by leveraging its advanced equipment portfolio and combining it with the cloud. By collaborating with AWS, Nokia aims to expand the ecosystem of partners and drive end user business outcomes essential for monetizing 5G deployments.

Dr. Alex Jinsung Choi, SVP Strategy & Technology Innovation, DT, said: “Deutsche Telekom is on a journey to transform to a new open, disaggregated, and cloud-native infrastructure with an automated production model. This collaboration which combines Nokia’s leadership in 5G Open RAN and Cloud RAN with AWS’s cloud platform capabilities and customer centricity can help to accelerate that journey. The expansion of cloud-native network functions and automation to the RAN will enable new agility and use-cases in the 5G era.”

Dave Brown, Vice President, Amazon EC2, AWS, said: “This collaboration with Nokia will extend the reach of our industry-leading cloud technology to support our Telco and enterprise customers. We look forward to working closely on this collaboration and offer multiple deployment choices for customers to build 5G Cloud RAN and Open RAN solutions. Our customers will benefit from different options to run 5G RAN using AWS Outposts with either Intel or ARM-based CPU choices, or third-party bare metal servers while using Amazon EKS and EKS Anywhere. This will solve for the challenge of CI/CD, automation, and network orchestration by using a common framework of tools across Core and RAN.”

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, commented: “This is a critically important collaboration and the continuation of Nokia’s Cloud RAN leadership. At Nokia we are committed to supporting our customers and giving them the flexibility and elasticity they need on the network edge. We are building an ecosystem of public cloud partners that will ultimately support our customers and help them to build compelling 5G use cases.”

Nokia CEO Thinks Longer 5G Cycle Gives Him Time to Catch Up
By Kati Pohjanpalo
18 March 2021

Bloomberg – Investments into next-generation wireless networks will span a much longer time than the 4G cycle, giving underdog Nokia Oyj time to catch up with rivals that zoomed past it for early rollouts, according to its chief executive.

The Finnish telecommunications gear maker on Thursday presented an outline of how it plans to regain competitiveness by 2023, with Chief Executive Officer Pekka Lundmark trimming as many as 10,000 jobs in two years to pour the money saved into new hires in 5G. The actions are necessary, but not a sign that Nokia would have missed the boat, he said.

The main buildouts of fifth-generation networks will span over a time period “twice as long as the 4G peak” because of the industrial digital revolution they enable, Lundmark said in an interview on Thursday. “So no, we’re not late.”

Delays in rolling out 5G across Europe will buy Nokia time as it seeks to take back market share from Sweden’s Ericsson AB and China’s Huawei Technologies Co, which made gains early in the cycle. Missteps in designing 5G gear have largely been overcome, said Lundmark, who took over as CEO in August. Nokia is now ramping up shipments of base stations that contain its more cost-effective proprietary system-on-chip.

“We were not that successful in the first phase of 5G, our product was not ready,” he said, referring to when the cycle suddenly started in China in 2019. “It’s significantly more competitive now and we believe that when we get through this year we will have restored our competitiveness.”

Investors expressed their doubts over the plans, sending Nokia share down as much as 5.8% in Helsinki trading, the most in more than six weeks.

The initial share loss in radios was particularly visible in China as operators made their first round of equipment purchases, said Tommi Uitto, head of Mobile Networks. Nokia is participating in subsequent rounds to stem further erosion, even as it may not be able to take back meaningful share, he said.

“We believe that any risk of significant footprint loss is significantly reduced,” Uitto said.

Nokia secures new 5G deal in Ecuador
By Juan Pedro Tomás
MARCH 1, 2021

Nokia has been selected by Ecuadorian mobile operator, Corporación Nacional de Telecommunicaciones (CNT) to bring the first 5G network to the country, the Finnish vendor said in a release.

The deal includes Nokia support CNT’s extensive network modernization of existing LTE infrastructure as well as the installation of a 5G Non Standalone (NSA) network.

The vendor noted that the deployment of the new technology is currently underway.

The project stipulates the modernization of existing 3G/LTE infrastructure in the provinces of Guayas, Los Rios, Manabi, Bolivar, Morona Santiago and Santa Elena, which will be updated to enable the provision of 5G services.

As part of the agreement, Nokia will also deploy the first 5G NSA sites which will operate in the cities of Guayaquil and Manta. These first 5G sites will enable CNT to plan the services they want to launch with 5G, Nokia said.

The deal involves Nokia equipment from its AirScale portfolio. Nokia is also supplying its massive MIMO Adaptive Antenna and Micro Remote Radio Head (RRH) solutions. CNT also has deployed the Nokia AirFrame data center solution to support cloud-based applications necessary for future telco and IT networking.

Nokia said that it is helping to demonstrate a range of innovative 5G uses cases to CNT including 5G smartphones, fixed wireless access for 5G in the home, virtual reality enabled remote classroom, connected cars and industrial supervision with drones provided by geotechnology and umanned aerial solutions company Drone & Gis.

CNT is the biggest fixed telecom operator in Ecuador and also provides mobile services across the country.

Martha Moncayo Guerrero, CEO at CNT said: “Being the only public telco company in Ecuador and market leaders in offering hyper-converged services, we are prepared for the deployment of 5G networks to provide a new future for Ecuadorians. With Nokia, we will be able to present the benefits of this fifth generation technology and show their impact on healthcare, education and industry, for the social and productive development of the country.”

Ari Kynäslahti, head of technology and strategy at Nokia Mobile Networks, said: “We are proud to work on this ambitious network evolution plan together with CNT in Ecuador as its long-standing supplier and look forward to delivering compelling 5G experiences to enterprise, consumer and corporate businesses.”

Local operators CNT, Movistar and Claro had previously carried out technical trials of 5G in the cities of Guayaquil and Quito.

The government of Ecuador has not yet announced a timeline for the award of new frequencies for the provision of 5G technology in the country.

Nokia selected by Globe Telecom to rollout 5G in the Philippines in three-year deal
24 February 2021
Press Release

Supports network modernization and 5G rollout plan in key geographic areas
Nokia to supply its AirScale portfolio for superior connectivity experiences

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced that it has been selected by Globe Telecom in a three-year deal to upgrade its existing 4G network, as well as expand the geographical reach of its 5G network at over 1,000 sites in the Philippines. The deployment will cover the second and third largest islands of Mindanao and Visayas and will begin in Q2 2021 with completion expected in 2023.

Under the terms of the agreement, Nokia will provide equipment and services from its comprehensive 5G AirScale portfolio to build out the Radio Access Network (RAN), including base stations and other radio access products. Globe Telecom will also use Nokia’s high-capacity AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antenna solution, which utilizes the latest 64TR radios, to boost coverage and performance.

Utilizing the new 3.5GHz spectrum band for dense urban coverage, Globe Telecom will be able to provide end-users with high peak speeds typical on 5G network. The deal will also see the expansion of the existing FDD/TDD LTE network infrastructure. These solutions will enable Globe Telecom to roll out 5G services across the two major islands of the Philippines and offer customers superior speeds, capacity, and lower latencies while reducing complexity.

Nokia will provide its NetAct solution for network management and seamless daily network operations as well as deliver digital design and deployment and optimization and technical support services.

Nokia is an existing partner of Globe Telecom and provides a wide range of solutions including wireless, IP, optical, and fixed network products, and services.

Ernest Cu, President and CEO, Globe Telecom, said: “We’re pleased to continue our partnership with Nokia to deliver compelling 5G experiences to our customers. We are going full steam ahead in delivering 5G in more areas, as this technology brings us closer to our goal of providing #1stWorldNetwork in the Philippines.”

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks, Nokia, commented: “It’s exciting to be part of this project to deliver 5G services to citizens across the Philippines and see our industry-leading 5G RAN solutions underpin the network. The expanded and upgraded 5G network will deliver exciting new solutions to even more people and businesses and our technology will play a fundamental role in delivering these compelling connectivity experiences.”

Nokia launches new platform to drive Open RAN innovation

Finnish telecom gear maker Nokia on Thursday said its Service Enablement Program (SEP) platform, which delivers radio network programmability and AI/ML capabilities across the Open RAN ecosystem, will become available for CSPs starting from Q1 2021.
March 11, 2021

Finnish telecom gear maker Nokia on Thursday said its Service Enablement Program (SEP) platform, which delivers radio network programmability and AI/ML capabilities across the Open RAN ecosystem, will become available for CSPs starting from Q1 2021.

This will come with Nokia’s Radio Interface Controller (RIC) xApps, including Advanced Traffic Steering and Anomaly detection which are said to be in proof-of-concept and trials with major communication service providers (CSPs) globally.

Nokia said it already working closely with CSPs to commercialize use cases (xApps) during 2021.

Talking of Nokia SEP, it combines near-real-time RIC and MEC together on a single platform to provide new use cases. It also adds programmability with AI/ML technologies, enabling innovative RAN use cases, including Automated AI/ML-based network optimization xApps and enterprise-specific RAN adaptation.

The SEP can also utilise Nokia’s AirFrame servers to run on the edge and share infrastructure with Cloud RAN and virtualised network functions while the RIC xApps is a suite of plugins that provides advanced control to CSPs over 5G radio network use cases.

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“Nokia’s Service Enablement Platform adds a new intelligence layer to the RAN and enables the creation of high-value add use cases. This is part of Nokia’s continued commitment to leading an open mobile future with a strong network performance and security. We are committed to making it easier for our CSP customers to actively support the adoption of Open RAN principles and standards,” said Pasi Toivanen, Head of Edge Cloud BU at Nokia.

“Nokia’s latest announcement about implementing the O-RAN standardized near real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) function together with MEC on its Service Enablement Platform product which supports xApps from multiple sources, including third-party, reinforces Nokia´s firm commitment to O-RAN and Open RAN solutions,” commented Daryl Schoolar, practice leader for Service Provider Networks at Omdia.

Nokia confirms 5G as 90 percent more energy efficient
2 December 2020
Press Release

Espoo, Finland – A new study by Nokia and Telefónica has found that 5G networks are up to 90 percent more energy efficient per traffic unit than legacy 4G networks. The research, which was conducted over a three-month period, focused on the power consumption of the Radio Access Network (RAN) in Telefónica’s network. The rollout of 5G networks is set to increase traffic dramatically making it critical that the energy consumed does not rise at the same rate. The findings highlight both companies’ commitment to climate change.

Extensive testing examined eleven different pre-defined traffic load scenarios that measured the energy consumed per Mbps based on the traffic load distribution. The results highlighted that 5G RAN technology is significantly more efficient than legacy technologies when it comes to energy consumption per data traffic capacity with several hardware and software features that help to save energy. The study, which utilized Nokia’s AirScale portfolio, including AirScale Base Stations and AirScale Massive MIMO Active Antenna solutions, combined actual on-site base station energy consumption readings in different traffic load scenarios, ranging from 0 percent to 100 percent, as well as remote monitoring of actual power consumption through the network management systems.

5G is a natively greener technology with more data bits per kilowatt of energy than any previous wireless technology generation. However, 5G networks require further action to enhance energy efficiency and minimize CO2 emissions that will come with exponentially increased data traffic. There are several energy-saving features at the radio base station and network levels, such as 5G power-saving features, small cell deployments and new 5G architecture and protocols, which can be combined to significantly improve the energy efficiency of wireless networks.

Both companies are aligned with the ambition of limiting global warming to 1.5 Celsius. In 2019, Nokia delivered zero-emission products to over 150 customers worldwide and is committed to decreasing emissions from its operations by 41 percent by 2030. 46 percent less energy was used on average in the customer base station sites Nokia modernized in 2019 compared to those where its customers did not modernize.

Nokia and Telefónica are also developing smart energy network infrastructure and power-saving features based on machine learning and artificial intelligence. They are also collaborating to build green 5G networks.

Juan Manuel Caro, Director of Operational Transformation at Global CTIO at Telefónica, said: “We are committed to supporting action on climate change and engender a sustainable culture throughout our entire company. We are proud to work collaboratively with Nokia on this project and others to address a range of initiatives including driving energy efficiencies in the 5G era.”

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “Our greatest contribution to overcoming the world’s sustainability challenges is through the solutions and technology we develop and provide. We place huge importance on this. Nokia’s technology is designed to be energy efficient during use but also require less energy during manufacture. This important study highlights how mobile operators can offset energy gains during their rollouts helping them to be more environmentally responsible while allowing them to achieve significant cost savings.”

Nokia wins multi-year 5G radio and core contract with A1 Austria
Central European telco signs further deal with Finnish comms provider to begin commercial implementation of 4G and 5G network slicing following successful pilot

A1 Telekom Austria Group provides digital services and communications technology in Central and Eastern Europe with about 25 million customers, currently operating in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Belarus, Slovenia, North Macedonia and Serbia.

In the deal announced in November 2020, A1 Austria engaged Nokia to provide industrial-grade private wireless technology and services for all existing and new A1 Austria LTE and 5G enterprise campus network deployments.

A1 is a global lead customer for Nokia’s network slicing technology in 4G and 5G mobile networks, a key functionality for enterprise networking, which A1 Austria plans to make available across the country. The longstanding partnership has also included the successful expansion of 3G and 4G mobile networks and the roll-out of Austria’s largest fibre-optic network.

Nokia and A1 Austria have also successfully deployed a number of private wireless campus networks in Austria, including installations at Magna Steyr, Vienna Airport and 5G Playground Carinthia.

The deployment of products and services in the new multi-year contract is under way, with the core element expected to be rolled out in the first half of 2021. Nokia will supply A1 with its AirScale portfolio including 5G RAN, AirScale base stations and Nokia AirScale radio access products. These systems are intended to enable A1 Austria to deliver the required connectivity and capacity benefits to its consumer and business subscribers.

A1 will also launch 4G and 5G network slicing commercially, following a successful pilot. The technology will support connectivity from 4G and 5G devices over the sliced network to applications running in private and public clouds. The slicing continuity between the networks allows operators to maximise their network coverage for new mobile connectivity services and deliver new value and business opportunities.

“Our ambition is to ensure Austria enters the digital era with the best connectivity underpinned by our 5G network,” said A1 Austria CEO Marcus Grausam. “With Nokia as our partner, we have already worked side-by-side on many successful projects and we had no hesitation in continuing our collaboration to ensure that we realise the full potential of 5G technology.”

Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks at Nokia, added: “We are delighted to extend our longstanding partnership with A1 Austria into the 5G era by supplying our RAN and core technology. We have already worked collaboratively with A1 on a number of exciting projects and we take this expansion project as affirmation that our technology is best-in-class. We look forward to embarking on this next journey as their trusted partner.”

A1 Austria has selected Nokia to supply 5G radio access and core network services as part of its plan to roll out 5G coverage across the country.

Nokia selected by Thailand’s dtac as its first 5G partner
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Nokia selected by Thailand’s dtac as its first 5G partner
28 December 2020

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced that it has been selected by Thai mobile operator, dtac, part of Telenor Group, as its first 5G RAN partner in a three-year deal covering the North and North Eastern regions of Thailand. With this deal, Nokia plays a key role in ensuring that dtac’s network performance is fully 5G-ready, and enabling a faster rollout of new 5G services as demand grows.

Nokia has been in Thailand for over 30 years with the deployment of 2G, 3G and 4G networks and will now provide 5G connectivity that will support the country’s efforts to digitize as part of its ‘Thailand 4.0’ economic strategy. The deployment is expected to begin later this year with completion expected in 2022.

The deal, which is an extension of Nokia’s existing partnership with dtac, will see an accelerated large-scale deployment of 5G on low-band spectrum (700-900Mhz) and high-capacity mmWave technology (26GHz), as well as enhancements of the existing networks utilizing 2300MHz, 2100MHz and 1800MHz spectrum. This combination will provide superior coverage and faster data speeds to subscribers.

Nokia will provide its AirScale Radio Access solutions for 4G and 5G networks that will improve overall network performance while enabling dtac to deliver 5G experience with ultra-low latency and extreme capacity. AirScale Radio Access is an industry-first commercial 5G solution enabling operators to capitalize early on 5G. The deal includes digital deployment for faster time to market, as well as optimization services.

dtac will also deploy Nokia Software’s NetAct Cloud network management system, which delivers cloud-agnostic, best-in-class tools for troubleshooting, administration, software management and configuration management.

Nokia is a long-standing partner of dtac and has previously provided its first commercial 4G TDD network in Thailand. Nokia has also provided solutions from its IP/Optical portfolio to bolster its network including a software-defined network (SDN)-ready IP/Optical network.

Prathet Tankuranun, Chief Technology Officer at dtac, said: “We never stop improving our network and delivering better data experiences across a broad range of devices. Our current deployment leverages 5G-enhanced mobile broadband and 5G-ready Massive MIMO technology to bring improved coverage and higher data capacity to our customers nationwide.”

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “We are delighted to extend our long-standing partnership with dtac in Thailand and be the first vendor to partner with the operator in the 5G era. Our AirScale portfolio offers a clear migration path to 5G and we look forward to supporting dtac with its efforts to deliver compelling 5G experiences to subscribers.”

Nokia’s 5G deal with Telecom Italia ‘TIM’ deals another blow to Huawei
-Jed John Ikoba, Dec 24, 2020

Italian mobile network provider Telecom Italia has decided to continue to retain Nokia as its major supplier in its planned purchase of equipment for building a 5G network, thus significantly scaling down its reliance on Huawei, sources say. This move may not be unrelated to pressure to exclude the company completely on security concerns.Nokia Logo

The United States has lobbied Italy and other European allies to avoid using Huawei’s equipment alleging it could pose a security risk – a charge Huawei has continued to debunk. Italy has so far declined to slam an outright ban on Huawei for now.

At the start of the year 2020, Italy’s defunct national telecoms provider, Telecom Italia (TIM) had considered the possibility of splitting the supply contract for the radio access network (RAN) part of its 5G architecture between Huawei and Sweden’s Ericsson, sources had said.

The RAN architecture consists of the base stations and antennas that serve as an interface between a user’s smartphone and the mobile network. It accounts for the bulk of the cost of a new network.

The helsinki-based company, Nokia which has previously been among TIM’s mobile RAN equipment suppliers, was earlier projected to likely miss out on the 5G RAN order. However, the agreement has since been reviewed and has captured supplies from the Finnish giant.

Ericsson is expected to provide the bulk of the 5G equipment supplies to TIM, while Huawei and Nokia will get up to 25% each of the supplies, according to a reliable source earlier on Wednesday.
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At this time, a definitive statement is still being expected from the companies, as neither of them was willing to either confirm or deny the claims. There is however no public evidence of the initial agreement which would have seen Nokia dropped.

As a direct consequence of the US clamp-down on Huawei, telecom operators in Europe have become more circumspect in continuing their previous supply contracts and other operations with the Chinese company. Several sources who are conversant with the matter said it is obvious that Rome has aligned itself with US concerns and adopted a more reserved approach in consummating 5G deals by encouraging operators to diversify their 5G suppliers – a way of reducing the influence of Huawei.

This present move follows the action of Telecom Italia earlier this year, who did not consider extending an invitation to Huawei to tender for a 5G equipment supply contract for its core network operations.

Nokia and Polkomtel turn on 5G services in Poland

ESPOO, Finland – Nokia today announced that it has launched 5G services with Polkomtel, operator of the Plus network, in the capital city of Warsaw as well as other major cities in the eastern part of the country. The scope of the project includes the introduction of 5G on top of the existing Nokia AirScale LTE infrastructure. The service has been launched in the fourth quarter of 2020 and, as part of the nationwide Plus 5G network rollout started in May 2020, will be further expanded in the coming months.

Nokia supplied 5G radio solutions from its comprehensive AirScale portfolio for both indoor and outdoor coverage. These solutions will enable the Plus network operator to deliver cutting-edge connectivity and capacity to its subscribers at very low latencies, as well as reducing complexity and increasing cost efficiencies. Polkomtel has leveraged the TDD 2600 MHz frequency band to deploy 5G services ahead of the 3.5 GHz frequency auction planned for next year. The initial rollout is a wide area deployment of Nokia’s 5G AirScale Compact RRH solution which will enable the operator to build networks in dense urban areas or indoors with optimum performance. This is an innovative way to enable the right cell size, allowing them to manage costs and deliver the required capacity.

Nokia has been a system supplier for Polkomtel since 1996, firstly with 2G and 3G networks and then 4G. The deal continues Nokia’s long-standing partnership with Polkomtel into the 5G era. Polkomtel is one of Poland’s most innovative operators and was one of the first networks globally to launch a mass rollout of LTE already in 2011.

Nokia starts production of next generation 5G equipment in India

Nokia Chennai factory is manufacturing the latest 5G Massive MIMO equipment that is shipped to countries in advanced stages of 5G deployment.Since 2008, the site has manufactured over 5 million telecom network equipment units, exporting over 50% to more than 100 countries. Supports Indian government’s `Make in India’ vision and has invested over INR 600 crore since 2008 to develop the facility.

New Delhi, India – Today, Nokia announced that it has begun the production of next generation 5G equipment at its state-of-the-art manufacturing site in Chennai, Southern India. Nokia was the first to manufacture the 5G New Radio in India, and it is now producing the cutting-edge Nokia AirScale massive Multiple Input Multiple Output mMIMO solution. The equipment is already being exported to many countries in advanced stages of 5G deployment. Nokia’s Chennai plant is a significant contributor to the government’s `Make in India’ initiative to boost domestic manufacturing designed to position India as a manufacturing hub for the latest telecom gear.

Since it was established in 2008, Nokia has invested over INR 600 crore since in developing a best-in-class manufacturing facility which is spread over 140,000 square meters. This factory has manufactured more than 5 million telecom network equipment units over the years. The factory was the first to deploy India’s first ‘real-world’ application of Industry 4.0 including AR/VR, automation and analytics, to enhance operational efficiency and productivity.

Nokia is now manufacturing mMIMO based 5G products with the latest 64-Transmit/64-Receive (64T64R) configuration. Massive MIMO is a key element of 5G technology that delivers high capacity, especially in densely populated locations. It brings together antennas at the transmitter and receiver to ensure improved speed and spectrum efficiency.

Sanjay Malik, Senior Vice President and Head of India Market, at Nokia, said: “Our Chennai factory has emerged as a benchmark of India’s manufacturing capabilities, bringing an entire range of telecom technology to operators in India and the rest of the world. From being the first to manufacture 5G NR in India to producing mMIMO, it demonstrates our innovative manufacturing capabilities and our belief in India’s skill and talent to produce the best-in-class equipment. This will enable us to support Indian Operators as they prepare to launch 5G.”

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