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Jul 18 2019

5G: long live the revolution

In the Oxford dictionary, a ‘revolution’ can be paraphrased as the overthrow of something, in favour of a new system. 5G is today’s revolutionary force, it has overthrown slower and older generation network technology, and is set to deliver extraordinary experiences and transform entire industries.

We are rolling out 5G for customers around the world: in the US, Korea, Middle East, Japan and even in Europe, deployments have started. A global 5G revolution is taking place before our eyes, which the World Economic Forum predicts will contribute an eye watering $12 trillion to global GDP by 2035[1].

Nokia is at the heart of the revolution. So far, we have announced 44 5G commercial agreements with network operators, more than any other company at the time. We’re particularly proud that in both the US and in South Korea, every major mobile operator selected Nokia for their 5G network. This is a hugely exciting time for us, and we are now at the forefront of the race to deploy to 5G.

However, I’m a great believer that companies shouldn’t brag, but it is important to study market trends and performances in this competitive field – so why is Nokia currently leading the pack?

What operators require is 5G deployment which doesn’t monopolize their time, cost vast sums or create a level of complexity that only a rocket scientist could solve. That’s why I’m delighted that 80% of Nokia’s 5G deployments will be zero touch, zero paper by the end of 2019.

Let me explain how we do this. At the heart of our deployment are digitalized operations  which drive the faster deployment of 5G networks, with superior quality. We use extreme automation in projects, such as: site acceptance, data build, video collaboration,  and E2E workflow orchestration. Why do we do this? Extreme automation through these mechanisms allows us to improve and accelerate deploy speed, quality and troubleshooting, with real-time tracking of deployment and operations through a ‘Single Pane of Glass’. Nokia has patented technologies and methodologies to orchestrate digital processes in this revolutionary way.  This enables partners to find the best site location while hitting the sweet spot between balance Total Cost Ownership (TCO) and spectrum efficiency.

The 5G revolution is upon us. It will deliver the extraordinary by transforming lives, economies and societies in exciting new ways. Here at Nokia, we are partnering with some of the world’s largest network operators, serving 1 billion subscribers and deploying over 400,000 sites every year. For example, our Bell Labs 5G Future X (the award-winning end-to-end 5G portfolio of solutions) delivers breakthrough network performance and the incorporated automation delivers Total Cost of Ownership savings of up to 30%. If you’re thinking what we’re thinking and feel the grip of the 5G revolution, contact one of our team for a discussion about your ambitions.

[1]https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/01/the-world-is-about-to-become-even-more-interconnected-here-s-how/

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About Mirjana Scheele

Essentially a technocrat Mirjana holds Masters Degree in Telecommunication from University of Belgrade and is currently Vice President Deploy Services at Nokia.

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