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Nokia is working with Japan’s NTT DOCOMO to test applications using a 5G base station and the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform end-user device. This demonstrates the potential of Nokia 5G FIRST to deliver enhanced broadband at vastly greater scale. A showcase at the 5G Tokyo Bay Summit 2017 will signal the start of 5G trials in the Tokyo area.

Nokia will develop the 5G ecosystem with leading Japanese operator NTT DOCOMO, INC. in Japan to prepare for the upcoming introduction of the next generation wireless network. The collaboration - which uses the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform - will commence with the key interoperability testing of multi-vendor technology using the 4.5GHz frequency band.

"This trial is an important milestone for the development of 5G in Japan, which will be one of the first countries in the world to adopt the technology,” said Jae Won, head of Nokia Japan. “Furthermore, the initiative is an important step forward in our collaboration with NTT DOCOMO, as well as other key technology partners, as we develop a technology that will meet the ever-growing demands of huge numbers of people living in megacities."

5G will deliver high speeds and low latency in support of a new generation of broadband applications, meeting new requirements for connecting people and devices, especially in megacities such as Tokyo. Nokia will conduct trials of 5G technology with DOCOMO in the Tokyo metropolitan area throughout 2017, with particular focus on busy tourist, shopping and business locations as well as at key public events hosted by the operator.

"This is a vital first step to allow us to ensure that we have the 5G network infrastructure available for when we commercially introduce the technology, with an ecosystem of device vendors to offer our subscribers the best possible choice and highest quality,” said Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of NTT DOCOMO.

The tests will use the Nokia 5G FIRST solution, incorporating the Nokia AirScale base station transmitting over a 5G radio interface to the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform. The companies will test end-to-end applications over the air between the base station and the device on the 4.5GHz frequency band, which is one of the candidate bands for 5G in Japan. The Nokia 5G FIRST solution is based on early-adopters radio specifications that define a common interface to allow equipment from multiple vendors to connect over a 5G radio network.

"Intel believes key collaborations such as this one driving ecosystem partner trials and early deployments are critical to building successful 5G technologies and accelerating the vast benefits they will bring to users,” said Asha Keddy, vice president and general manager of Next Generation and Standards in the Communication and Devices Group at Intel. “We are excited to be part of this interoperability testing in Japan using the 4.5GHz radio spectrum as part of the 5G end-to-end solution."

 Nokia is working with industry leaders around the globe to deliver a 5G infrastructure that will meet the massive broadband needs of a variety of industries and applications. 

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Nokia and Apple announced that they have settled all litigation related to their intellectual property dispute and agreed a multi-year patent license.

"This is a meaningful agreement between Nokia and Apple," said Maria Varsellona, Chief Legal Officer at Nokia, responsible for Nokia's patent licensing business. "It moves our relationship with Apple from being adversaries in court to business partners working for the benefit of our customers."

Under a business collaboration agreement, Nokia will be providing certain network infrastructure products and services to Apple. Apple will resume carrying Nokia digital health products (formerly under the Withings brand) in Apple retail and online stores, and Apple and Nokia are exploring future collaboration in digital health initiatives.

Regular summits between top Nokia and Apple executives will ensure that the relationship works effectively and to the benefit of both parties and their customers.

"We are pleased with this resolution of our dispute and we look forward to expanding our business relationship with Nokia," said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer. 

"This agreement will strengthen our collaboration," said Basil Alwan, President of Nokia's IP/Optical Networks business. "We look forward to supporting Apple.

While details of the agreement remain confidential, Nokia will receive an up-front cash payment from Apple, with additional revenues during the term of the agreement.

The value of the agreement will be reflected partially as patent licensing net sales in Nokia Technologies and partially as net sales in other Nokia business groups. Nokia will follow its existing practices for disclosing patent licensing revenue in its quarterly announcements and expects that revenues for the agreement will start to be recognized in the second quarter of 2017, including an element of non-recurring catch-up revenue.

Due to the up-front cash payment from Apple, Nokia intends to provide a comprehensive update of its capital structure optimization program in conjunction with its third quarter 2017 results.

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Nokia, together with Finland's public safety network provider, State Security Networks Group, and Telia Finland have successfully trialed the use of network features, developed by Nokia, which ensure public safety communications are given priority over any other voice or data traffic in busy 4G/LTE networks.

LTE can support mission-critical operations securely and cost-effectively, enabling new capabilities for public safety agencies, such as video, in addition to traditional voice communications, to enhance situational awareness, command and control, and the safety of both first responders and the public. As such, a vital step in the transition towards LTE-based public safety networks is to give priority to first responders and their command centers allowing them to share mission-critical information in emergency situations.

"Finland has historically been a forerunner in public safety communication, demonstrating leadership in building technical solutions and many other countries have followed our lead,” said Sami Orakoski, COO, State Security Networks Group. “Although the current TETRA-based network will be in use for some time, we have now started working with commercial operators to lay the foundation for delivering public safety communication with LTE and future generation technologies."

Nokia, State Security Networks and Telia Finland began testing the features with public authorities in 2016 to accelerate Finland's transition to LTE-based public safety communications.

Field trials using the Nokia LTE radio access network infrastructure have delivered valuable insight on network management and critical service delivery, as well as ensuring network prioritization in a variety of situations, with an ice hockey game at a large sports venue used as one testing scenario. Finnish authorities are preparing for a gradual transition from the existing TETRA public safety network to commercial LTE networks.

"The test results show that we can prioritize public safety communication over an LTE network, even when that network is extremely busy,” said Tommi Uitto, head of Global Product Sales, Mobile Networks at Nokia. “We can use this insight to accelerate the adoption of LTE-based public safety applications, not only here in Finland, but across the globe."

Pasi Mehtonen, Head of Operator Business at Telia Finland said: "Everyone understands the importance of public safety communication in exceptional circumstances. The successful trials show that by combining advanced technology know-how, together with deep experience of providing mission-critical services we can pave the way for future solutions.”

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Nokia and SRG will collaborate with the Government of Rwanda to deploy Smart City technology to improve the lifestyle and social sustainability of its citizens in 2017.  This announcement was made in Kigali during the Transform Africa Summit.

"Nokia is a global leader in driving innovation in 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart City solutions, "says Mohamed Abdelrehim, Head of Solutions and Business Development for Nokia in Middle East and Africa market.

"This project is in line with our vision to use technology innovation to create social sustainability and make people's lives better and safer. We will be tapping into Nokia's world-leading end-to-end solution portfolio to deliver to the Government of Rwanda a secure and effective Smart City solution, that includes a mission-critical access network, IP and Cloud Core networks, as well as our Impact Platform with associated IoT applications.”

As part of the project rollout, the Government of Rwanda will invest in network connectivity and sensor deployment in different applications, which will serve the local citizens in public safety, waste management, utility applications and healthcare to name a few.

"As the strategic technical partner, we are proud to be associated with a progressive project that will enhance the digital economy for African countries," says Abdelrehim. "It is projects of this nature, supported and driven by government that will make a real difference in enhancing people's lives, creating jobs and improving economies - in this case, the economy of Rwanda."

Mr. Hon. Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Minister of Youth and ICT, said: "It is our vision as a country to position Rwanda as a Technology Hub, by using ICT innovation to provide a better quality of life to our citizens and visitors. Rwanda is a pioneer in deploying Smart City Solution in Africa. Through this project, we will not only improve people's day to day lives with improved services and security, but we do anticipate long-term positive socio-economic benefits for the people in Rwanda and we also plan to share our experience with many other countries in Africa."

While SRG are known as a regional development leader, that provide opportunities for growth and mobility to empower people and nurture their capabilities, the strategic relationship with Nokia made the company a natural choice to partner with in the Rwanda Smart City project.

"Our philosophy is to develop sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships. We have chosen Nokia as our strategic technical and IT infrastructure partner to deploy Smart City solutions in Rwanda and across the MEA Region. We are fully committed to use Nokia's leading technology and SRG market expertise to create smarter, safer and more sustainable cities in the region," said Osama Elnaim, SRG CEO.

"This partnership is a strong testimony that the public agency and private sector can work together to deliver a smarter future for Rwanda and for the African continent. Smart Africa is a big dream from our leaders who believe that our continent will be transformed using technology. This project is an important milestone towards the achievement of that goal, and we look forward to working together on this exciting initiative," said Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Executive Director of the Smart Africa.

"Nokia's commitment to Africa, our regional presence and local competence means that we are in a unique position to deliver Smart City solutions that meet the needs of governments across the African continent," concluded Abdelrehim.

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Nokia and leading Japanese operator KDDI have conducted a country-first trial simulating future 5G network demands, providing high-speed, one gigabit-per-second connectivity inside an apartment block using Nokia radio technology on the 28GHz band.

The trial, conducted between the KDDI Research Building and an apartment approximately 100 meters away, achieved speeds in excess of 1Gbps on the 28GHz band, demonstrating how 5G technology can be used inside apartment blocks to meet demand for wireless ultra-broadband in megacities such as Tokyo, the most densely populated metropolitan area in the world.

The trial took place in Fujimino City of Saitama Prefecture and marks the first in a series of 5G collaborations between Nokia and KDDI following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last year to develop technologies for a new, faster generation of wireless communications.

“The speeds achieved in this trial show great potential for us to deliver high-quality services,” said Akira Matsunaga, Senior Director, Mobile Network Technical Development, KDDI. “Working with Nokia, we want to develop the use of technologies that deliver on the promise of 5G to meet our subscribers’ needs.”

The trial was an “important milestone” according to Jae Won, head of Nokia Japan, both in terms of Nokia’s collaboration with KDDI and in its development of technology to meet the ever-growing demands of the large populations of megacities.

“5G promises to deliver the ultra-low latency, capacity and high speeds for these types of deployment, and this trial is a great example of how it can be applied to transform the entertainment experience as one of the many use cases 5G has to offer,” he said.

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Finland’s Nokia plans to sell its undersea cable unit, a business that underpins the global Internet, two union sources and a French government source told Reuters.

The division, valued at about 800 million euros ($870 million), is one of the top suppliers of undersea cable networks in the world and was bought by the telecom equipment maker last year as part of its 15.6 billion euro ($17 billion) acquisition of French rival Alcatel. It has been run as a standalone business and it is known as Alcatel Submarine Network (ASN). Nokia had previously tried to sell the unit in 2014 but cancelled those plans.

ASN is one of the two standalone businesses that Nokia runs. The other is the Radio Frequency Systems (RFS). Although these businesses are not part of Nokia, the company reports the results of these in its consolidated results. However, Nokia does not provide specific details of these segments. As a result, it is difficult to assess the financial impact and contribution of these businesses.

Only last year, Nokia conducted tests to double the speed of cable transmission capacity and the management was quite bullish about the prospects of the segment in the next 2-3 years. According to different estimates, there were going to be about $8.1 billion worth of cable deployments in the next three years.
ASN being the leader in this segment (it had around 47% of the market share) would have benefited from this growth opportunity. In 2015, only three networks worth $490 million were deployed. Compare this to the potential 33 networks to be built in the next three years that could be worth $8.1 billion, and the opportunity looks massive.
On the other hand, when we look at the structure of the business, it becomes clear that Nokia might have never wanted this business at all. It has tried to integrate all the other segments of Alcatel-Lucent into its own. However, this segment was kept as a separate business from the start. It indicates that the company wanted to keep it as a separate asset and sell it at an opportune time. ASN does not complement Nokia's core business of mobile and fixed networks.

ASN provides high-speed connectivity with African countries and overseas territories. Also, it is important for national security and cyber-surveillance. Whenever the words ‘national security’ come into play, business becomes a little bit tricky.

If ASN is considered a strategic asset for the French and the government pokes its nose into operations, then it becomes a hassle for the company. This might have played a role in Nokia deciding to keep it separate and eventually selling it.
However, the sale is not imminent and it might not be a smooth transaction. The French government will certainly want to be involved in the sale procedure and would most likely want to review the buyer. It might take some time to find a suitable buyer that can satisfy all the parties.

ASN is valued at around $870 million. It will be a nice cash injection to an already strong financial position of the company. Since Nokia does not give numbers for the business division, it is not possible to value the transaction. Hence it is difficult to comment whether this is a good price for the company. This division has 1,000 employees and since the results are consolidated, it might also be part of Nokia's plan to reduce costs.

The company is still talking with the government behind closed doors about their wish to sell the business. It is likely going to be a lengthy process, and due to its strategic importance for France, the process will not be as smooth as selling a part of business. This all looks like Nokia's continued efforts to become a leaner and more efficient business and focus on its core networks business.

Nokia's core business still remains under pressure and we are unlikely to see any major movement in the short term. However, Nokia's efforts to become a leaner operator and strengthening of financial position through non-core asset sales such as ASN will give it a better platform to grow. These cash inflows can be diverted towards new business acquisitions. Nokia might want to add some complementary businesses with high gross margin in order to enhance its metrics as it waits for the networks market to pick up. Sale of ASN will be good for the company and it makes Nokia an even better pick.

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Industry expectations are that the first set of 3GPP 5G standards will be finalized in time for first full-blown commercial 5G networks by 2020, says Aji Ed, head of Technology, MEA, Nokia, speaking to Telecom Review. Nokia offers the industry’s first end-to-end 5G solution based on pre-standards and this is called 5G FIRST. Aji highlights the use cases for Nokia’s 5G FIRST and how it can bring them closer to 5G commercialization.

Nokia recently launched 5G FIRST. What’s the uniqueness of this and how is it an end-to-end solution?

Let’s take a snapshot of how the industry is working together on 5G and then we can move on to understand Nokia’s 5G FIRST.

We are pushing 5G to follow a set of universal standards. It means with the universal standards, devices will work with every network, and operators can use the same suite of solutions in every market across the world. Those standards are being developed by 3GPP, and the industry expectations are that the first set of those standards will be finalized in time for first full-blown commercial 5G networks by 2020.

2020 is still further away. Our most ambitious CSP customers can already see early use cases that could be delivered against the industry specifications like 5GTF or KT SIG in 2017. Additional functions like enhanced mobile broadband and sliceable core network will be part of the first 3GPP standards to be published in 2018. So, the first commercial 5G networks will be launched by 2020, whereas first adopters will deploy 3GPP compliant trial networks already by end of 2018.

One other important asset for 5G networks is spectrum. High bandwidth services are spectrum-hungry, and 5G opens the door for using higher frequencies such as cmWave and mmWave that simply cannot be used by LTE. In the US and Korea, the early adopter markets, 28 and 39 GHz are already licensed for early trials. High frequencies and the available bandwidth provide the ability to offer hyper-local services but they only have a very short range. Wide area coverage and in-building penetration needs lower frequencies to be opened up, which will come later.

Nokia offers industry’s first end-to-end 5G solution based on pre-standards and this is called 5G FIRST. This includes:

Radio:

  1. 5G Massive MIMO radio
  2. AirScale baseband upgraded to 5G and AirScale cloud RAN, with 5G software to run 5GTF/KT SIG for 5G FIRST and 3GPP standards as they are being finalized

Core:

  1. Cloud packet core with features to support 5G Next Generation Core

Transport:

  1. 5G-ready microwave transport, fiber optics for the 5G era, and IP Backhaul

What can operators do with 5G FIRST and how does it help them bring 5G closer to commercialization? Can you describe some use cases?

5G is not just another G more than 4G. It’s much more than that. Our society has been through a series of industrial revolutions, each making fundamental changes to the way we live. The 5G era will be based on cloud and digitalization, bring augmented and virtual reality into mainstream use, enable billions of sensors not just connected but feeding and fed by artificial intelligence, and enable smarter factories and processes.

5G is more than radio. It includes new radio, for sure. But to deliver the massive capacity, to keep offering higher and higher speeds we know we need to re-think the way entire networks are built.

5G will be built first in ‘islands’, hyper-local capacity that meets the needs of very specific use cases, without even needing mobility. Coverage aspect comes next to allow hyper-mobility within extended islands. We can already see many opportunities for 5G.

  1. Operators could provide 5G hotspots for very high bandwidth needs, such as for streaming virtual reality content. HD virtual reality streams already need several gigabits per second – and when we move to 4K or 8K, that increases exponentially.
  2. Operators could provide islands of coverage within public transport modes such as ships and trains for in-vehicle infotainment – or even on a station platform.
  3. It could be used to stream data from a drone.
  4. It could be used between trucks, so that they can form a ‘platoon’ – several trucks in a very close convoy where the lead truck can communicate in real time with all the trucks behind it simultaneously.

All of these use cases let operators face the investment to 5G step-wise – build islands of coverage, grow demand for initial use cases, monetize, invest in extending coverage which opens the door for further use case and so on.

When will initial deployments of 5G FIRST begin? Can you reveal some of your plans for the solution and what partners Nokia are working with?

The first use cases of 5G will be based on ultra-broadband around the world. The initial deployments of 5G FIRST are expected in 2017 and early 2018. This will start mainly in the US and Korea; however, we expect to have the 5G field trials in the Middle East in 2018. Nokia is working with the leading operators in the Middle East on 5G. We recently signed 5G MoUs with STC and Zain Saudi Arabia to collaborate further on 5G trials and deployments in the region, in addition to the 5G MoU signed with du UAE earlier. The first commercial deployments of 5G in the Middle East are expected to be around major events like Expo 2020 in the UAE and world cup event in Doha in 2022.

What work is Nokia doing as part of the ecosystem?

The Nokia way for the 5G marathon is: “If you want to go fast, go alone but if you need to go far, go together.” Ultimately, the creation of a successful 5G standard requires the best ideas to be adopted, no matter where they come from. And requirements from outside the telecom industry are very important to consider.

Nokia has established a broad range of innovation partnerships to find a common direction through collaboration in requirement setting, technology research and finally in standardization; therefore, we are driving collaborative research with leading customers, governmental bodies, regulatory and industry bodies (e.g. NGMN and 4G Americas), industry and scientific community, 5G labs (e.g. 5G Lab at TU Dresden and 5G Test Network Finland) and universities (e.g. New York University for channel measurements and characterization, and University of Kaiserslautern for 5G architecture).

Nokia is the consortia leader of the 5G NORMA and FANTASTIC 5G research projects inside the 5G PPP, which will deliver input, for example, for the 5G air interface and network architecture work in 3GPP.

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Nokia has upgraded the long-haul microwave trunk network of Cosmote, the mobile arm of OTE Group, Greece's largest telecoms provider, to enhance its network capacity and performance, especially in rural locations across the Greek islands.

The upgrade using Nokia 9500 Microwave Packet Radio technology will allow Cosmote to meet growing residential and tourist demand for broadband access in currently underserved parts of the islands. The technology will backhaul data at speeds of 1Gbps via full IP connectivity serving mobile and fixed networks.

By upgrading the existing SDH-microwave trunk-based network, Cosmote was also able to reuse existing passive radio equipment, taking advantage of significant total cost of ownership savings compared to a new deployment.

Nokia's long-haul microwave technology will backhaul traffic generated across several Aegean Islands, offering fiber-like connectivity and backhaul redundancy to ensure reliability of network services. A key component of this deployment is its use of microwave technology to deliver high-speed broadband connectivity to the island of Kastellorizo, the most eastern of the Greek islands, which is more than 150km away from the nearest network point of presence.

"Providing a network across a spread of islands provides its own unique challenges,” said Konstantinos Koroneos, head of the OTE/ Cosmote account at Nokia. “Nokia first demonstrated the capabilities of the 9500 MPR in a demanding live field trial, and we are pleased to work with Cosmote as it evolves its network in this commercial deployment."

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Nokia and China Unicom are conducting a live trial in China Unicom's commercial network using the Nokia Virtualized Services Router (VSR). The trial involves more than 5,000 residential subscribers and allows China Unicom to simplify and accelerate the delivery of residential broadband using a new, agile and flexible network which is based on virtualized network functions (VNFs).

The initial trial is being carried out in the province of Shandong and will expand to the other parts of the country over the next two years as it evolves to the next phase, which will include delivery of IPTV services.

China Unicom is adopting Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to enhance efficiency, agility, openness and scaling capabilities to evolve to a cloud-ready network. The successful trial of the industry-proven Nokia VSR will increase operational efficiency and enable faster creation and delivery of new services.

The trial uses the Nokia VSR as a next-generation, virtualized Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) for residential subscriber management functions and advanced service capabilities. As part of its initiative to transform its metro service edge, China Unicom plans to migrate massive BNG services to the virtualized platform to leverage the opportunities of the cloud era.

"We are proud to be a part of China Unicom's initiative to evolve its metro edge to a cloud-centric architecture,” said Sri Reddy, head of IP Routing and Packet Core business at Nokia. “The Nokia VSR provides delivery of broad and rich virtualized IP edge applications with superior performance and enhanced scalability. Upon completion of this network transformation project, China Unicom will ensure increased operational efficiency and deliver a superior customer experience for its subscribers."

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Nokia and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which Nokia will join the university's UTS: Rapido, a new technology development unit, and collaborate on developing IoT-based business applications using high-speed, ultra-low latency technologies such as 5G.

In the technology partnership with UTS: Rapido - established to help businesses unlock the potential of IoT - Nokia will work on advanced engineering projects that support the development of future network services to address the specific technological challenges of service providers and enterprises. Nokia and UTS will also explore the expansion of the advanced engineering activity into new areas of innovation and poof-of-concept development.

"We are delighted to extend our working relationship with Nokia. UTS aims to link with major industrial innovators and deliver outcomes that translate ideas into viable products and solutions, leveraging advanced technologies,” said Myriam Amielh, Associate Dean External Engagement, UTS. “This association will allow us to contribute our expertise in areas such as 5G, IoT and data analytics, through UTS: Rapido, to help Nokia's customers unlock the potential of emerging digital capabilities."

The MoU covers the creation of a collaborative innovation and training facility at UTS, for which Nokia will provide IP routing, optical, fixed and 4G and 5G mobile network components, and applications and analytics platforms for project work and training. Nokia will also participate on the UTS Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology advisory board.

In one of the first UTS: Rapido projects, researchers at the university are integrating video downloads filmed around the world using the Nokia OZO virtual reality camera into the UTS 3D Data Arena. This will show how operators could combine 3D footage with real time data and graphics to explore new services and business opportunities.

"The successful implementation of IoT and the connectivity of potentially billions of devices will rely on the deployment of technologies such as enhanced 4G and high-speed, low-latency 5G,” said Ray Owen, head of Oceania at Nokia. “Through this collaboration with UTS we can share both our expertise and our technologies, and help drive Australia's digital transformation. In turn, we will benefit from gaining even greater insight into how IoT can be applied to solve the real-world issues of our customers."

UTS: Rapido leverages the diverse expertise of more than 200 researchers at the university's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology. Research is conducted across a broad range of technology areas including data analytics, cyber security, 5G and IoT. Nokia and UTS have worked together for more than 15 years and UTS is a key member of Nokia's Australian graduate program.

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