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Nokia and Türk Telekom collaborate to advance development of 5G and Internet of Things technologies

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  • Companies to accelerate development of the 'programmable world'
  • Focus on evolution towards cloud architecture in core and radio networks enabling Network Slicing to meet future demands of applications, devices and people
  • Follows launch and continued deployment of LTE-Advanced in Turkey as first step towards development and testing of 5G technology

April 15, 2016

Istanbul, Turkey - Nokia and Türk Telekom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to accelerate the development of 5G radio access network technology and the applications that will drive the Internet of Things. Türk Telekom will make its network infrastructure available to Nokia for real-time testing to accelerate the introduction of 5G in Turkey.

5G technology will move beyond simple connectivity to transform networks, delivering massive capacity, connectivity and ultra-fast data speeds - with almost zero latency - to meet the demands of billions of devices, applications and things in the 'programmable world'. With Network Slicing, a 5G network can be tailored to the diverse needs of different industries, enabling the large-scale transformation of sectors such as healthcare, security, automotive, public safety, industrial manufacturing, smart cities and more. 

The companies will work together on testing 5G and Internet of Things technologies for tracking, metering, smart cities, smart home and latency-sensitive applications. They will then use their findings to develop 5G-ready solutions that will allow Türk Telekom to evolve its network and be ready for the eventual introduction of commercial 5G services.

In a crucial step towards 5G, Nokia is currently deploying 4G LTE-Advanced technology for Türk Telekom, and the operator has already launched LTE-A services in Turkey. Furthermore, Nokia has been a longstanding provider to Türk Telekom of customer care and analytics-driven solutions from its Motive portfolio, underpinning the operator's network with advanced technology to ensure the optimum customer experience.

The new MoU will see the companies focusing on the development of a cloud architecture for radio and core network technology that can support Network Slicing in particular.

Rami Aslan, CEO at Türk Telekom, said: "We intend to be a pioneer in the deployment of technologies that differentiate our customer services. Working with Nokia, we have already launched 4G LTE-Advanced in Turkey, and the development of 5G technology will allow us to drive digital revolution, changing the way of life for our customers and growing the economy. We are pleased to yet again leverage Nokia's expertise and innovation leadership."

Ernst Nassl, head of customer business team Turkey and Central Asia at Nokia, said: "By signing the agreement with Türk Telekom to develop 5G and IoT technologies, we are taking an important step towards defining the future of mobile networks. Our work with customers on 5G is crucial in allowing us to better understand real network use-cases for this technology and to accelerate commercial use."    

Did you know?

  • Nokia has launched a USD350 million IoT investment fund through Nokia's private venture firm, Nokia Growth Partners, around the Connected Enterprise, Consumer IoT, Connected Car and Digital Health, as well as technologies with a focus on capabilities in big data and analytics.
  • Nokia collaborates with leading universities in China, Europe and the US to improve and share our capabilities in 5G technologies. We also run several 5G-related industry projects in Europe, chair the 5G-PPP association and run 5G innovation projects with major operators including China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, NTT DOCOMO, Korea Telecom, SK Telecom and Verizon Wireless.


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About Nokia
Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. Powered by the innovation of Bell Labs and Nokia Technologies, the company is at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives. 

With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud and the Internet of Things.

About Türk Telekom Group
Türk Telekom, with 175 years of history, is the first integrated telecommunications company in Turkey. In 2015, Türk Telekomünikasyon A.S. adopted a "customer-oriented" integrated structure in order to respond to the rapidly changing communication and technology needs of customers in the most powerful and accurate way, while maintaining the legal entities of Avea iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. and TTNET A.S. intact and adhering to the rules and regulations to which they are subject. In January 2016, Türk Telekom unified its mobile, fixed voice, broadband and TV products and services under the single "Türk Telekom" brand.

As the "Multiplay Provider of Turkey," Türk Telekom Group Companies offer a complete range of mobile, fixed voice, broadband and TV services. Türk Telekom Group Companies have a wide service network and product range in the fields of individual and corporate services. As of December 31, 2015, Türk Telekom has 12.9 million fixed access lines, 8 million broadband and 17.3 million mobile subscribers. Türk Telekom Group Companies provide services in all 81 cities of Turkey with more than 34,000 employees with the vision of introducing new technologies to Turkey and accelerating Turkey's transformation into an information society.

Türk Telekomünikasyon A.S., providing PSTN and wholesale broadband services, owns 100% of mobile operator Avea iletisim Hizmetleri A.S., retail internet services, IPTV, satellite TV, Web TV, Mobile TV, Smart TV services provider TTNET A.S.,TV Broadcasting and VOD services provider Net Ekran Companies,  convergence technologies company Argela Yazilim ve Bilisim Teknolojileri A.S., IT solution provider Innova Bilisim Çözümleri A.S., online education software company Sebit Egitim ve Bilgi Teknolojileri A.S., call center company AssisTT Rehberlik ve Müsteri Hizmetleri A.S., wholesale data and capacity service provider Türk Telekom International and its subsidiaries.

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