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Discover how mission-critical strategic communications offered by Nokia enable deep defense digital transformation with 5G for defense.

Power your advantage. Gain an operational edge with intelligent, secure, advanced communications that power digital-era decisions.

Mission critical networks enable intelligent, automated operations. To intelligently assess and act on rapidly evolving situations with efficiency and speed, you must be able to exchange rich, actionable multimedia information across all theaters and forces. This means digitally transforming communications in every aspect of operations — from command and control (C2) to the battlefield to individual assets. Next-generation mobile and fixed networks will be essential for enabling these critical tactical and strategic communications.  

With 5G for defense, you will be able to easily adapt powerful Industry 4.0 technologies. These will allow you to create and automate reliable, secure and scalable communications networks across all operational areas. The benefits include faster innovation cycles, with greatly improved command, control, computing, communications, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (c5isr) systems. The result: empowered strategic and tactical forces that maintain their leadership advantage.

Broaden your digital transformation with 5G

Take data-intensive defense applications everywhere and support any deployment model with complete security and proven performance. With 5G you can securely extend ultra-reliable and secure broadband wireless communications to support a wide range of your mission-critical applications across all military activities. 

Automate your strategic backbone networks

As more digital services and information are processed and delivered through the cloud, automate the strategic backbone network that Interconnect defense locations and operations to efficiently transport massive traffic volumes, minimize latency, fully enable 5G’s unprecedented flexibility and distributed cloud services delivery models.

Leverage scalable digital infrastructure for smart bases

Accelerate delivery of innovative digital applications and services in the rollout of transformative, highly scalable smart services at bases.

Why private wireless broadband networks are essential for defense communications

Most wireless networks used by today’s defense forces were built to provide military-grade voice communications. They can’t support the data-intensive applications needed for intelligent mission-critical operations at smart military bases, in navy task forces, at border control points or at temporary field headquarters.

The solution: Modernize your transport communication network with private wireless broadband. Next-generation 4.9G/LTE and 5G mobile broadband technologies can provide an ultra-reliable, single network for most of your mission-critical applications. These technologies already power numerous business- and mission-critical Industry 4.0 applications. They require minimal adaptation to meet a broad range of operative and tactical military requirements.  From the core network to edge computing, the end-to-end network orchestration capabilities enabled by private wireless broadband are ideal for transforming military-grade communications systems – from HQ operations to bases, at sea or in theaters of operation anywhere. 

State-of-the-art, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies for private broadband wireless communications support these next-generation communications networks. They deliver the reliability and performance needed to support new defense applications. They also streamline the underlying telecom infrastructure to further increase efficiencies.

Enhance your defense operations and situational awareness with 5G

5G is the first wireless technology that delivers the capacity, reliability, control and network security solutions to replace wired networks. It’s designed to meet industrial, military and government networking needs for time-sensitive automated processes and massive numbers of low-powered industrial IoT sensors and devices – the key technologies for defense logistics and base operations.

Coordinate operations with efficiency

Offering the end-to-end reliability, security and scale essential for military operations, 5G for defense  provides the capacity to support video communications and data-intensive applications in the field to improve situational awareness and better coordinate personnel. It allows you to conduct military, border control and natural disaster recovery operations in a more efficient, synchronized way.

AFCEA webinar - Quantum-Safe Networks: Today and into the Future

LIVE: 14 November 3:30PM CET

Quantum computing will render widely used asymmetric cryptography useless. Learn about the threats posed by such technology, as well as the solutions to make defense wide area networks quantum safe.
In this webinar, you will learn:
Through simple use cases, we will show how each works, and illustrate what is deployable now and what is still in development.  


24/7 Connectivity for Defense Forces - How do we provide it? 5G Techritory Forum

Tactical Broadband communications for the digital era

Combining Fenix tactical-field expertise with cutting-edge Nokia technology, we deliver 4G/5G Private Wireless solutions for the Defense sector. Our solutions enable self-forming, self-healing, ad hoc networking in small, lightweight devices that support highly available, survivable, secure, high performance, broadband mission-critical services at the tactical edge.

Taking advantage of 5G’s high-performance technology

  • Enhance command-and-control operations
  • Automate base operations, logistics and maintenance
  • Improve base security
  • Provide immersive training
  • Enhance military health services with telemedicine
  • Better manage disasters and emergencies

Preparing your strategic backbone networks for massive defense digitalization

Digital transformation and distributed service models are pushing data traffic to levels far beyond the capacity of current defense WANs. Currently these WANs are often based on legacy technologies, many of which are nearly obsolete. Additionally, they were built in a highly segmented way that makes them complex to manage and expensive to maintain. This makes modernizing defense WANs a priority.

New digital defense services will utilize unprecedented automation and flexibility needed for efficient 5G and native-cloud service delivery. You’ll be able to smoothly replace multiple legacy networks with a single, scalable, multiservice IP/MPLS transport network to reduce operational expenditures without impacting legacy services. This will provide the highest possible reliability and resilience, from aggregation to the network core, to prioritize and segregate traffic – and with defense-grade cybersecurity solutions.

Leverage automation for your strategic backbone networks

Going forward defense strategic backbone networks will demand much more flexibility in traffic management, with enhanced network security solutions. They will require cross-layer network management, end-to-end network optimization and network automation. They will need to interconnect military bases, headquarters and data centers. They also must enable smooth migration from legacy TDM to IP-based applications. In summary, they must be:

  • Reliable
  • Resilient
  • Flexible
  • Scalable
  • Secure

Defense organizations are relying on 5G and distributed cloud infrastructure to reach all of these goals. With this approach you will achieve the strategic backbone networks needed for military success in the cloud-native 5G era.

Modernize your defense networks

Modern WANs and network automation provide a unified, resilient and secure foundation -- delivering new levels of speed, agility and information:

  • Establish fast, reliable connections for command, control and communications (C3) operations
  • Harness AI and edge cloud efficiency to make timely data-informed  decisions
  • Safeguard digital resources and infrastructure

How to enhance operations with a smart base

A smart base relies on digital technologies and automation to drive more efficient and productive operations with lower operating costs. These improvements are possible because the underlying infrastructure is streamlined and cohesive.

The days when each department would deploy its own digital services and infrastructure are gone – along with the associated redundancy and complexity. Instead, different groups working at a smart base share technology platforms to optimize development and deployment of services. This shared infrastructure includes:

  • A high-performance connectivity platform that supports fiber and wireless broadband access, IP/MPLS and packet microwave technologies
  • Distributed edge-cloud infrastructure to host and run time-sensitive applications
  • An IoT device management platform
  • A secure data marketplace and integrated operations center to securely exchange data and insights and build end-to-end services
  • Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (IA) based analytics platforms that provide real-time insight into base efficiency

Creating a smart base with 5G

With the integrated smart base approach, it’s much easier to scale the rollout and maintenance of innovative base services for security, logistics, training, maintenance and many other uses.

Tour a virtual smart base

This smart base combines 5G wireless with industrial IoT (IIoT) and artificial intelligence-powered analytics to:

  • Accelerate ship-to-shore communications and data transfers
  • Support greater use of autonomous vehicles
  • Strengthen security systems
  • Deliver more advanced, realistic training
  • Track asset locations
  • Consolidate command and control information

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