Nokia and Orange partner on 5G rollouts

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Bill Boyle
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Nokia and Orange collaborate on technology that will allow industries to take advantage of 5G.

Under a new collaboration agreement, Nokia and Orange will drive the definition and development of these new services, with a focus on making the transition from 4G to 5G network connectivity in the most efficient way in terms of power, operations, and cost effectiveness, and with the highest level of quality and reliability. The companies will build on existing joint innovation programs, as well as work with other partners, to develop, trial and introduce solutions that will help to make 5G a commercial reality.

Nokia and Orange will leverage the Nokia Flexi Base Station and 5G-ready AirScale radio access portfolio, the AirFrame data centre platform, telco cloud and cyber security technologies to create applications on 5G. This work will also include the application of ultra-broadband leveraging new frequency bands, Cloud RAN and massive MIMO, IoT, end-to-end network slicing techniques and energy efficiency techniques

Nokia and Orange will leverage the existing research collaboration between Orange Labs and Nokia Bell Labs and establish joint innovation platforms at the Nokia Paris-Saclay premises on the outskirts of the French capital, and at the Nokia campus in Lannion, in Western France, in collaboration with two Orange's research and innovation sites, Orange Gardens in Chatillon and Orange Labs in Lannion. The companies will open up the laboratories to work with their respective innovation partners, including local enterprises, vertical application providers and local start-ups, to accelerate the ecosystem that will be created around 5G.

Marc Rouanne, chief innovation and operating officer at Nokia, said: "With our breadth of Radio, IP and Optics technologies, and the expertise of Bell Labs, Nokia is proud to be assisting Orange in the introduction of 5G and the application of the Future X Network paradigm. Through this collaboration, we will test 5G applications for different industry segments and measure the benefits of extremely short latency and very high speeds. We are also delighted to be applying our world-class R&D expertise in Paris and Lannion in this project."