M1 to Trial 5G Small Cell with Nokia in Q4 2018

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Singapore's M1 and Nokia announced plans to run Nokia’s first 5G small cell trial in Southeast Asia in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The two companies will also showcase demand-driven 5G use cases in selected vertical industries which require dedicated small cell capacity and very low latency IoT connectivity.

The findings from this live trial will provide valuable practical learnings for the commercial deployment of 5G small cells in a dense cell grid architecture and operating at very high 5G frequency bands, says M1.

In 2017, M1 together with Nokia, deployed Southeast Asia’s first nationwide commercial NB-IoT network Today, M1 and its partners have available solutions such as smart energy management for buildings, environmental monitoring, asset tracking and fleet management which are well supported by the NB-IoT network.  

M1 and Nokia plan to evaluate and showcase new IoT use cases that require a highly responsive 5G small cell network as soon as the latest 3GPP standards are finalised over the next two years.

Denis Seek, CTO, M1
The practical learning from early 5G field trial is critical for the success of developing high performance and demand-driven 5G services for our customers in future and enables us to play a key role in Singapore’s Smart Nation initiatives.

Mark Atkinson, Head of Small Cell, Nokia
This is a great opportunity for us to leverage the learnings from the trial to develop the next generation 5G small cells architecture and shape the future products and technology, which will benefit the entire industry. 

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

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