NTT DOCOMO Selects Nokia to Evolve 4G/LTE to 5G

10 months ago
(0 votes)
NTT DOCOMO Selects Nokia to Evolve 4G/LTE to 5G Image Credit: Nokia

NTT DOCOMO, Japan's largest mobile operator has selected Nokia to supply 5G baseband products to deploy in a 5G mobile network planned to be in commercial service by 2020.

Nokia will support NTT DOCOMO in the evolution of its network from 4G/LTE to 5G, providing technology based on the new 3GPP-compliant 5G NR standard, the first stage of which was published shortly before the end of 2017.

Nokia will support NTT DOCOMO's commercial 5G operation in Japan by further enhancing existing baseband units and integrating its 5G New Radio (5G NR)-based AirScale hardware in the network.

Nokia has enjoyed a long-term working relationship with Japan's largest operator that has produced supply agreements for 3G and 4G/LTE networking technology. The two companies have also worked closely together in trials of 5G technologies, and now agree on supply of Nokia's 5G BBUs to be able to do centralized management for 5G RRHs (remote radio heads) for aiming to deploy in 5G network. This is aligned with NTT DOCOMO's 5G direction, which is fully utilizing existing C-RAN architecture for 5G. 

Hirochi Nakamura, EVP and CTO, NTT DOCOMO
We have been collaborating with partners such as Nokia on various 5G technology and use case trials since 2014. With this agreement with Nokia, we are now proceeding to the next step to launch 5G mobile services by 2020, and accelerate co-creation of new services and businesses with vertical industry partners.

Marc Rouanne, President of Mobile Networks, Nokia 
Together we have worked hard in recent months to commence preparations for NTT DOCOMO's eventual launch of its operational 5G service by 2020, which we have now set in motion by this very exciting announcement today.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma

PREVIOUS POST

Verizon Joins ONAP Project to Accelerate NFV Adoption

NEXT POST

Huawei Claims World's First Hybrid Smart Home Network Solution - PLC + Mesh WiFi

THE EDITOR'S DESK

ON FACEBOOK

ON TWITTER