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Dec 20 2016

Merci Nokia! SFR experiences life at the speed of 5G

Twitter:@Anne__Samson

I would like to share a unique experience I had recently with teams from French telecommunications company SFR,who hosted our Nokia 5G showcase at their campus near the Stade de France. This was all about showing what 5G technology can bring in the near future and we wanted to give SFR teams a memorable first encounter with the world’s first commercial 5G ready solution in action.

3 ways to experience 5G now

We showcased the power of 5G in three concrete ways:

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1. Ultra broadband speed

This event was the “first ever” demonstration in France of a 5G network running on our ‘5G-ready’ AirScale commercial platforms, reaching 9.84 gigabits per second. On top of the 5G AirScale radio, we used our latest Multi-access Edge Computing architecture based on a Nokia AirFrame server embedded in our base station. These innovations enabled differentiating use cases to demonstrate how 5G will expand the human possibilities of technology.

2. IoT use cases

One truly exciting use case is 360° Virtual Reality in 8K. Participants experienced the ultra-high speed of 5G and the exceptionally low response time when viewing live video capture by our Nokia OZO 360° 3D Virtual Reality in 8K .  You can read more about what VR will enable on our dedicated website.

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3. Critical machine-to-machine communications

Low latency is essential to ensure fast, effective, and intelligent machine-to-machine communications. This popular demonstration highlights how 5G (vs 4G) will enable the automation of everything as three robots quickly learn to balance and stabilize a ball on a moving table controlled by an IOT application in the edge cloud.

And finally, a live video was streamed in parallel and complemented by additional traffic in order to demonstrate low latency close to 1 ms and an overall throughput of 10 Gb/s.

According to Alexandre Wauquiez, SFR marketing director, “I am impressed by all the new use cases enabled by the 5G that show the potential of the future technology. Experiencing them firsthand had a valuable impact on the how, why and when we will use 5G to add customer value. One clear example is combining our media and mobile offerings for the coverage of sport events, but the possibilities are endless.”

5G will transform the way we communicate, how we manufacture goods, how we drive cars, how we do sports, how we get medical treatments, simplifying many aspects of our lives. With this transformation, we’re facing a new world that goes beyond connecting people and things to changing entire industries.

Share your thoughts on this topic by replying below – or join the Twitter discussion with @nokianetworks using #5G #IoT  #SFR

About Anne Samson

Anne is a communications manager at Nokia for the European market. She’s passionate about innovation, digital transformation and sustainability and a strong advocate for our customers. Feel free to connect with Anne here

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