Skip to main content

5G Articles

Why telcos should move from ‘cloud’ to ‘cloud native’

5 Jan 2021

Imagine two back-packing friends on a camping adventure. One of them storms into the tent and shouts to his friend that there is a bear running toward them. The other friend quickly starts to put on his running shoes. As he starts lacing up his shoes, his shocked partner asks him how on earth he thinks he will be able to outrun the bear. Read more

Think you need to wait for 5G to do slicing? Think again.

18 Dec 2020

There’s been lots of talk about the lucrative opportunities 5G network slicing will bring: the ability to reach new enterprise customers in more industries with highly tailored service offerings, for example, or to enter into revenue-generating B2B2X partnerships. Read more

2020: The year 5G deployments went 100 percent digital

17 Dec 2020

In 2020, the discussion around 5G changed: it is no longer about what it might do in comparison to 4G but how to actually make it a reality. Read more

5G and the sustainable future: a look to 2025

15 Dec 2020

The rollout of 5G is happening incredibly fast. It has been adopted more quickly than any other generation of mobile communications before it — and by 2025, it will be the dominant connectivity platform. Read more

Contract management that can keep pace in the 5G era

10 Dec 2020

In the 5G era, everything needs to move faster: time to market, service design and deployment, issue resolution — and the contracting process, too. As a communications service provider (CSP), once you’ve chosen a network vendor to help drive your 5G rollout, the last thing you want is to wait on the sidelines for the contract to be finalized while your competitors forge ahead. Read more

Nokia's Pekka Lundmark on why connected industry matters

8 Dec 2020

It came as no surprise when Oxford Dictionaries named ‘WFH’ as one of its words of the year.

For many of us, working from home became the norm in 2020. And the commute from the house to the office was replaced by a shuffle from bed to desk. Read more

A new way to roll out 5G

3 Dec 2020

With 5G networks growing fast, communications service providers (CSPs) are building and running standalone 5G base stations alongside those for legacy wireless technologies. The capital and operating costs of all that infrastructure can add up fast. If only there were some way to run multiple technologies from a single base station. Well, in fact, there is: Nokia’s new Single RAN solution. The way we see it, this is a real game-changer. Read more

Cybersecurity: a toolbox of defenses for the age of 5G

30 Nov 2020

Security has always been important in mobile communications, but the arrival of 5G raises the stakes. And governments are taking note.

New network architectures, new services and a proliferation of new devices all increase the challenge for 5G network operators. Read more

Is your 5G core done right, done now, and made real?

26 Nov 2020

Every generation of mobile technology has improved bandwidth and coverage, creating new possibilities for Communications Service Providers (CSPs), consumers and enterprises. At the same time, the core and its operations have become more complex with only small gains in efficiency and time-to-market – certainly nothing transformative. But that was OK, because in the era of mass-market services, cost and reliability were the core’s key criteria. Read more

Nokia number one in granted essential 5G patents

24 Nov 2020

Connectivity technologies continue to transform the way we live and work as 5G becomes mainstream, fuelling economic growth, enabling digital health care, and helping to address climate change. Read more

Inspiring telco operators to thrive through and beyond the pandemic

17 Nov 2020

Nokia held its inaugural Real Talk 2020 event on Tuesday, 10 November. Hackers, futurists, technologists and other experts shared their views on what Communication Service Providers’ (CSPs) customers want and need to move through and beyond the pandemic.

Nokia President and CEO Pekka Lundmark kicked off session one, sharing some key insights. Had the pandemic hit two decades ago, a maximum of 0.2 percent of the labor force would have been able to work remotely compared to ten percent who did so during this year’s pandemic. CSPs added a year’s worth of additional bandwidth demand in the space of weeks, saving up to 300 million jobs and safeguarding eight trillion dollars in global GDP. Connectivity also enabled 100 million schoolchildren and 200 million university students to carry on learning online. “COVID, the risk of a downturn, and general unpredictability around the world have shown us that we cannot just go on expecting business as usual. I want Nokia to tell a more ambitious story of how our CSP partners can scale performance, unlock business potential, and build a better world,” he said. Read more

Integrated access and backhaul: Why it is essential for mmWave deployments

13 Nov 2020

5G is about extraordinary network speeds, low latency and reliability for consumers and industries. To deliver on 5G's promise of super-fast data rates and ultra-low latency, physics dictates that we need to tap into higher frequency millimeter waves. But with high-band mmWave frequencies, radio propagation is much weaker than at the low bands. Signals are easily blocked by buildings, foliage and even human bodies. This means that networks need to be densified in order to maintain coverage and a reliable user experience. Read more

Making Sense of O-RAN and vRAN - Part Two

6 Nov 2020

In my previous blog I explained the basic definitions of Open RAN and Virtualized RAN (vRAN), while also describing the industry’s positive expectations and the challenges ahead. Now, I want to tell you about why Nokia believes in Open RAN and why silicon technology continues to be a key enabler for RAN solutions, even in an open ecosystem with more open interfaces Read more

What managed services need to bring in the 5G era

27 Oct 2020

I look forward to the GlobalData benchmark study on managed service providers every year because it gives a neutral, fact-based assessment of leading vendors based on consistent and comprehensible criteria. I’m also pleased that, for the second year in a row, GlobalData has ranked Nokia as a leader for our scale and reach, expertise, network design and optimization (NDO) skills, service agility and commercial model. Read more

Do you need to be worried about the performance of your 5G core user plane?

13 Oct 2020

Classifying myself as a bit of an old-timer within the telecoms industry I’ve seen a considerable amount of change to mobile core networks over the years. It doesn’t seem that long ago when purpose-built hardware designed to perform the function of a core network was in use. In more recent times cloud-transformation of the core network has started. Initially the core network was virtualized, which at the time seemed revolutionary but in reality, was nothing more than moving the core software to run on servers. Read more

Putting 5G to work now, to accelerate government digital service delivery

08 Oct 2020

We have recognized for years that 5G technology has tremendous potential for taking government service delivery to a new level. And today, we are starting to see the real-world power of 5G in action, because many communities are already using it to enable faster, safer ways to respond to COVID-19. With this accelerated deployment, the technology is helping to meet critical remote healthcare, education, office and safety challenges with exciting new tools. Read more

Accelerate your 5G journey with managed cognitive operations

01 Oct 2020

Getting to the 5G “promised land” of skyrocketing revenues and business growth requires operational maturity: streamlining, digitizing and automating processes throughout the entire communications service provider (CSP) organization.

Ultimately, operational maturity is about making the shift from manual to automated and then to cognitive operations. With cognitive operations, rigid rules-based automation is replaced with processes based on machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) — supporting even more dynamic enterprise use cases, boosting productivity by a double-digit factor, increasing overall network and service quality by automatically triggering the most appropriate actions, opening up new monetization opportunities, and speeding up time to market through faster 5G service creation and deployment. Read more

5G to the rescue. How communities will be safer, healthier and more resilient with 5G

28 Sep 2020

Together, our local governments and global public-safety communities are tackling an era of environmental disasters, social unrest, and an ongoing global pandemic. The advanced capabilities of 5G technology are an important partner in responding to these challenges and providing aid with safety and success.

5G-enabled technologies open up crucial opportunities to improve safety, health, and well-being on a daily basis and can help address vast challenges like COVID-19 more effectively. COVID-19 has already accelerated the use of wireless technologies for telemedicine consultations, remote CT scanning and drones to deliver essentials to virus-containment zones. Read more

Cloud-native makes good business sense

23 Sep 2020

The conversations I have with customers about the move to a cloud-native core often gets into the weeds around implementation; in my last post, for instance, I mapped-out a cloud-native journey where core network functions have the ability to run within any cloud-based environment, whether using well-known virtual machines (VMs) or containers. These are great discussions to have, but what I want to do in this post is step back a bit. The definition of cloud-native is very broad these days, but for me it is about embracing the world of software. I feel it’s worth reflecting on why this is so important to how communications service providers (CSPs) and enterprises need to evolve. Read more

Learn how service providers prepare for effective 5G monetization with converged charging

11 Sep 2020

5G promises to enable a wide range of exciting new use cases for consumers and businesses alike. Delivering many of the most profitable use cases not only requires new network capabilities such as dynamic end-to-end slicing but also automated operations and innovative business capabilities. The static legacy business support systems (BSSs) that many communication service providers (CSPs) rely on today are not up to the task. Read more

Making sense of ORAN and vRAN – Part 1

10 Sep 2020

Let me try to explain Open RAN (ORAN) and Virtualized RAN (VRAN, sometimes called Cloud RAN) in a simple manner. This is an attempt to explain their value, potential and challenges using a fact-based approach. Indeed, there are many misconceptions around ORAN and VRAN – and some hype too - but that doesn’t mean that they would not be highly interesting technologies. Read more

Change of plans: Re-planning your journey to 5G

August 27 2020

You know that feeling when you’re at the airport about to head off on a long-planned trip and your flight gets cancelled, leaving you scrambling to find a new way to reach your destination? Many communications service providers (CSPs) who were in the middle of implementing their plans for 5G deployment when COVID-19 hit had a similar experience. Faced with surging traffic volumes and unprecedented subscriber behaviors, they now have to figure out how to adapt to what will be the new normal for the foreseeable future and get their 5G journeys back on track. Read more

How North American operators are unlocking the value of 5G: Making the leap to the standalone core

August 21 2020

My team and I are working closely with a great many North American communications service providers (CSPs). One question comes up in every discussion: “How do we design and evolve (or build) our network to unlock the full potential of 5G and monetize 5G services?” Read more

Five things startups do that could help you innovate 5G rapidly

August 19 2020

Start-up businesses can make incumbents uncomfortable. While they are typically short of resources and budget, startups are packed with innovative ideas matched by an enthusiasm to quickly storm the market. Such a mindset is well suited to the fast-developing telco sector, especially now 5G is upon us. Read more

Open edge server speeds the path to 5G

August 12 2020

It’s common to think that a hardware accelerator is vital to provide better performance – but what does this actually mean when we consider the telecom open edge environment, where we run radio access and other service enhanced platform applications like MEC in the cloud? Read more

5G journey with cloud-native and automation: foundation for killer apps

August 06 2020

Through every generation of wireless networking, my discussions with communications service providers (CSPs) have all centered around the same question: what’s the “killer app” that will help them attract more customers and grow revenues? With past generations, that answer has included text messaging, bandwidth, app stores, streaming video and other innovations that changed the way people used their mobile devices. But with 5G, things are different. This blog examines learnings that can be applied to CSPs anywhere in the world. Read more

Nokia Mobile Networks: Accelerating Performance

July 31 2020

We have an ongoing improvement program to significantly strengthen Nokia’s Mobile Networks business and Radio Access Networks (RAN) products. Supported by the positive and encouraging customer feedback we have received since late 2019 and especially during 2020, I am pleased to share some detail on the incredible progress we have made so far. Read more

What makes Nokia unique?

July 29 2020

This week is my last at Nokia.

I have been here a long time. Over 25 years, including 11 as a CEO. So, inevitably, I’ve been doing a bit of reminiscing, even though the past few weeks have been as busy as ever. Read more

Clearing the path to 5G Cloud RAN

July 15 2020

The Cloud Radio Access Network (RAN) is one of today’s hottest topics in networking and our latest webinar offers all the latest thinking about the topic.  

Virtualizing the baseband enables computing functionality to move to the edge of the network, so operators can respond very rapidly to customers’ varied latency and computing needs when using new applications and services. Cloud RAN unlocks revenue from new low latency 5G services, supports flexible end-to-end network slicing and meets IoT technology and business requirements. Read more

IP networking for the 5G era

July 3 2020

IP networks play a critical role in delivering on the 5G promise. After all, the Internet Protocol is the common bearer for all 5G services, which makes the IP network the load-bearing foundation for your future 5G success. 5G requires mobile transport capabilities that go well beyond those needed for 4G/LTE. Your IP network must have the stamina to carry you through its entire deployment cycle without forklift upgrades — is it ready for 5G? Read more

Looking for faster #5G mmWave rollout? Find out how #IAB will help!

June 26 2020

With the introduction of high-band mmWave frequencies in 5G, radio propagation does not travel as far as low bands. Signals can potentially be blocked by buildings, foliage and even human bodies. This means that networks will need to be densified to maintain coverage and reliability. Inter-site distances of less than 100m will be common.

Many 5G mmWave deployments will require fiber-like connectivity to meet the cell densification requirements. The issue is that typical fiber penetration does not match the required inter-site distances. Read more

Think of E-Band as the city-loving younger member of the 5G backhaul family

June 22 2020

Downtown, where all the lights are bright. In this blog I am singing the praises of E-Band, which sits in the 70-80 GHz range. It’s the newest member of the microwave transport tribe and it’s being rapidly taken up by operators to meet their 5G backhaul needs, especially in urban and suburban areas.

Sales of E-Band products are booming, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 39% being predicted to 2024*. Happily for me, Nokia has been leading the charge with Dell’Oro Group’s recent Microwave Transmission report identifying Nokia as the only vendor of the large manufacturers to grow its Q1 2020 microwave revenue year-over-year and gaining market share. Read more

The city that never sleeps trials a new 5G optimization technology that’s always awake to new possibilities

June 18 2020

Testing new infrastructure in a live network is an essential step in the development of new capabilities. It provides the confidence that a new technology will deliver on its promises.

So it is especially satisfying to see the successful completion of the world’s first limited live trial of a Radio Access Network (RAN) Intelligent Controller (RIC) on AT&T’s 5G network in New York. The RIC is pointing the way to a host of new opportunities for Communications Service Providers (CSPs). Read more

5G small cells – the story gets bigger

June 02 2020

It’s remarkable to think that since 5G was launched just over 12 months ago, it’s already been deployed in more than 70 networks around the world, at least 40 of which are live. During that time, we’ve seen huge leaps in the performance of 5G networks. A fact highlighted by Nokia’s recent record-breaking data rate achievement - 4.7 Gbps running on the commercially available AirScale base station platform.

Providing high speed mobile connectivity in outdoor environments is one thing … in 5G not without its own challenges. However, around 80% of mobile calls are initiated by users indoors; a statistic unsurprisingly unchanged since the introduction of mobile broadband (UMTS) at 2.1 GHz. Read more

Riding the 5G Radio wave

Jun 02 2020

In 2019 we saw the dawn of the era of the 5G early adopters. By May 2020 80 Communications Service Providers (CSPs) launched commercial 5G services and in total, 385 CSPs are investing in 5G networks. In parallel, regulators are working on opening new spectrum assets for 5G.

As we all know, 5G transforms existing mobile infrastructure and this transformation comes to fruition in waves. CSPs are very keen to minimize potential risks and look for better profitability by reducing deployment and operational costs while moving on with their next network development decisions. Read more

5G performance – better signal with AI

May 28 2020

I ended my recent blog about 5G network performance with ‘you ain’t seen nothing yet’ and since then we have achieved yet another 5G data rate world record - 4.7 Gbps on Nokia AirScale Base Stations deployed in major U.S. carriers’ commercial networks. This clearly shows the short-term potential of 5G on millimeter waves and provides for long term direction - remember that in 4G the peak data rates of commercial smartphones grew 20 times over the course of seven subsequent 3GPP releases. Read more

The triangle of trust: What security means to 5G operations

May 27 2020

The more trust customers have in a service, the more likely they are to buy it — and to keep buying from its provider. This is true today and will be especially so in the coming years as new 5G services are launched. Those 5G services will be aimed not only at consumers but also at enterprises, which will put trust at a premium because their critical business data (and their reputations) are also at stake. Read more

5G for enterprise: an ABC-suite

May 20 2020

Far from drawing a halt to digitalization, COVID-19 is accelerating it.

Entire city centers are now essentially empty as ever more professions adopt VPNs, video conferencing and collaboration software. Read more

The well-kept secret of 2G-3G-4G-5G Dynamic Spectrum Sharing

May 20 2020

Does launching nationwide 5G coverage with spectrum currently used for 4G sound attractive? And all with a simple upgrade to your network software? It certainly does, but Nokia’s Dynamic Spectrum (DSS) portfolio, offering four flavors of DSS to cover all radio technologies, already does so much more.

How to get to the 5G promised land: What agility means to 5G operations

May 18 2020

Communications service providers (CSPs) have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to realize an emerging trillion-dollar market by rolling out new digital services based on 5G connectivity. There’s just one catch: no CSP can fully predict today the use cases, network services or business models that will be successful tomorrow, or how market and customer requirements will evolve over time. Read more

Openness as a lever for 5G success

May 15 2020

As 5G deployments advance and we prepare to move towards 5G standalone deployments and Industrial IoT, the industry has begun to look at the potential benefits of having an expanded ecosystem of mobile access players in the market. It is no secret to anyone that the future role of Open RAN is a central topic of this discussion. Service providers, vendors and even governments are actively engaging and working together to define the role of open standards in evolving the 5G networks, enabling new services and enhanced overall network efficiency. Read more

Selecting the right strengths to build extraordinary 5G radio access networks

May 12 2020

Through multiple generations of cellular technology, we’ve learnt a lot along the way. Each generation has a slightly unique area of focus with 2G for voice, 3G for web and data, 4G for mobile broadband. 5G will encompass all the existing capabilities and add new ones such as ultra reliable low latency communication for real-time control of machines. Not only that, it will have to support all these capabilities at massive scale and not just in traditional consumer markets but for enterprises across all types of vertical industries. No wonder then, that we need to consider carefully how the radio access network will provide the required levels of connectivity. Read more

5G performance - You ain’t seen nothing yet!

May 08 2020

Working, learning and even governing from home has shown us how well prepared our networks are for unexpected traffic surges. During these times of massive lockdowns, we have learned how to use available technology to virtualize distance. Telecommunication networks have become our lifeline to keep working and learning and to stay close to friends and family, even while physically separated. The adoption of video communication and online collaboration tools has risen sharply and will lead to a broader adoption of new ways of working and living when the current crisis ends.Read more

Relax, femtocells bring 5G to the sofa

May 07 2020

Customers have high expectations for 5G and with many aspects of their lives about to be transformed by IoT, AR-based gaming and HD video on the move, they will expect to be able to benefit from its abilities wherever they are – out and about or on their sofa at home. With 80 percent of mobile sessions being indoors, the home and small businesses remain a big focus of peoples’ mobile device use, so a high-quality indoor 5G signal is essential.Read more

Reducing your risk with 5G? Be bold.

May 04 2020

At some point in every customer meeting I have these days, the question of how to make the transition to 5G comes up. There are, of course, lots of different aspects to that topic, from engineering and implementation, to marketing and customer offers. But, one of the persistent themes is around risk and how best to manage it. Although we are moving quickly to adopt 5G, there are still a lot of unknowns about how it will play out and how best to use it to support strategic and long-term business objectives.Read more

Selecting the right vendor is the best insurance for stress free 5G deployments

May 01 2020

The industry is moving rapidly towards a 5G world with analysts predicting that we’ll reach 1 billion global subscribers by 2024. The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) is ramping up, and its effects will permeate most societies and economies with 5G acting as a prime enabling technology.Read more

Putting fronthaul at the center of 5G networks

Apr 27 2020

As we move into a communications world offering new applications that are both highly capable yet highly demanding, fronthaul systems face stiff new challenges.
With the advanced capacities of 5G, fronthaul needs to offer seemingly infinite capacity. For example, if virtual reality becomes as ubiquitous as expected by 2025, fronthaul networks could find themselves needing to serve each user with nearly 6,000 GB per month.Read more

Going beyond chocolate and vanilla services: What quality means to 5G operations?

Apr 20 2020

For communications service providers (CSPs) facing saturated consumer markets, 5G brings incredible opportunities for growth in the largely untapped enterprise space. But that opportunity also comes with new operational challenges.
Compared to today’s “chocolate and vanilla” voice and data offerings, enterprises will want a veritable ice cream shop’s worth of options: the 5G equivalent of butter pecan caramel topped with popping candy and chocolate flake, served in a red cone. They’ll be willing to pay more for it, but they’ll also expect to receive exactly what they ordered, every single time.Read more

Quantifying the cost benefits of FTTH for 5G transport

Apr 16 2020

A Bell Labs Consulting study
5G is set to change the world. It is at the heart of every operator’s strategy, but will require significant investment. To be successful, operators need to find ways to cost-efficiently deploy 5G. PON brings that efficiency, and high-performance fiber access networks will play a key role in delivering 5G experiences everywhere. PON supports both the performance demands (throughput and latency) and RAN densification that 5G requires, and FTTH networks are already deployed where 5G will be in most demand, namely dense urban and semi-urban environments.Read more

5G’s role in a smarter, safer world

Apr 09 2020

Covid-19 is impacting our lives in ways we’ve previously thought unimaginable. And it’s sometimes difficult to see where we as people, societies and economies go from here. Where is the ‘What’s next?’ What shape will it take? And when?
As our own CEO Rajeev Suri observed a few days ago, as we face the biggest public health emergency in generations, governments, businesses, NGOs, communities and individuals are doing all they can to keep people safe and economies resilient.Read more

Follow these road signs to the best 5G voice destination

Apr 08 2020

Satellite Navigation, or SatNav, has transformed driving. Who uses printed maps anymore? Yet road signs provide additional important guidance that a SatNav may not, such as parking restrictions or hazards like icy road surfaces.
In the world of 5G there are also some clear ‘road signs’ to help Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to find the best route to profitable 5G voice services.Read more

Deploying 5G-FWA is easier than you think

Mar 31 2020

In the growing demand for 5G, Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) is gaining a lot of attention and is one of the most attractive 5G use cases available for CSPs who are looking to monetize 5G.
So, why does 5G-FWA merit such attention? First and foremost, it can compete effectively with wired broadband access technologies as it overcomes its predecessors’ weakness of inconsistent throughput. In fact, it is a real winner for 5G monetization as it can serve ‘ultra-broadband’ areas where fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) is impractical or uneconomical, thus providing new monetization opportunities and faster go to market by using existing mobile infrastructure. Read more

There’s something important about 5G we need to be open about

Mar 20 2020

For many years, in many blogs, we’ve talked about the advantages of openness compared to proprietary, closed solutions. We’re big fans of being open.
Openness can mean a variety of things in the telco world. It allows industry players to contribute their expertise to Open Source projects for the benefit of all. Open interfaces give Communications Service Providers (CSPs) a choice of supplier, avoiding vendor hardware lock-in that could prove costly in the long run. Read more

5G, Data Center Evolution, and Life on the Edge

Mar 19 2020

The initial benefit of 5G wireless technology comes from extremely fast Internet - otherwise known as enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB). Already, 5G speeds in excess of 10x over today’s current LTE networks have been demonstrated. In fact, Tier 1 wireless providers have launched 5G services having speeds of 200Mb to 1Gb+ in select cities and this continues to ramp up. Read more

Here’s why FWA + 5G = a revenue generating combination

Mar 18 2020

Investment in 5G is ramping up around the globe and for very good reason. Consumers can’t wait to get their hands on 5G’s enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) and, basically, be able to stream video on the move. But there is a challenge for operators investing in 5G: according to a recent primary market research end user survey conducted by Parks Associates on Nokia’s behalf, consumers don’t want to pay any more for it than they do for current mobile services. Read more

Why you need transport slicing in your 5G network

Mar 13 2020

If you work for a communications service provider (CSP), your main focus now is probably on how to make 5G mobile deployment a reality. Preparing your network for 5G is a key consideration. Read more

Serving up extraordinary 5G starts with the best ingredients

Mar 09 2020

When it comes to carefully planning and building a 5G network, the process has much in common with things familiar in our daily life. Take cooking. If we want to create delicious food for our family or friends, we need to plan what to cook, select the best recipes and buy quality ingredients. Read more

Don’t take the risk – non-stop network monitoring is vital in 5G and DevOps

Mar 06 2020

If you own a car, you know you should have it serviced regularly, not only to get all the routine maintenance tasks done but to have an expert assess what could go wrong in the future. It’s always a good idea to listen when your mechanic warns you about the tread on your tires, or there is unusual wear and tear that could cause severe problems if not addressed in the near future. Read more

Building an agile transport network for the 5G era

Mar 03 2020

New services and applications are disrupting traditional business models and increasing pressure on transport networks. Optical network operators can’t address the challenges presented by 5G, IoT, Industry 4.0 and cloud with static, closed, manually operated transport networks. They need transport networks that can provide more connectivity, capacity and capability to support the dynamic new services of the 5G era. Read more

5G and fiber: friends with benefits

Mar 03 2020

Last year at #BBWF we launched our 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) solution, where 5G helps operators accelerate Gigabit fiber deployments by ensuring every customer can be reached. Read more

When 5G and video surveillance met in a smart city

Feb 28 2020

Video surveillance cameras will be the largest market for 5G Internet of Things (IoT) solutions worldwide over the next three years according to Gartner, Inc. and will represent 70% of the 5G IoT endpoint installed base in 2020. It’s no surprise that video cameras find themselves at the top of the IoT pile given the significant global focus on safer cities, buildings and work environments. Read more

Market leadership defined and how I came to rank Nokia number one in 2019 for best competitive position

Feb 28 2020

As we reach the end of 2019 and start of 2020 media sites are producing their annual ranking lists. Top movies of the year. Best song of the decade. Most important English language book of 2019. Why? Because rankings provide an easy way for a reader to digest top performers in a given market. In the industry analyst field, we do something similar. Read more

Break out of the automation silos and get ready for 5G and DevOps

Feb 24 2020

Digital transformation is a pretty hot topic right now, with many Communications Service Providers (CSPs) expressing an interest in exploring the possibilities of automation across the end-to-end network lifecycle as an essential component to underpin and deliver 5G and DevOps. Read more

5G security is all-important for governments

Feb 24 2020

The 5G revolution is about to flip us from a society that “uses networks” to one that “runs on networks”. 5G will connect everyone to everything. It will combine with other key disruptors — the cloud, robotics, AI and machine-learning — to digitally transform even the most physical aspects of our lives. Read more

Why 5G microwave transport is heading for the great outdoors

Feb 10 2020

As the globe continues to gear up for 5G, the need to upgrade transport networks is rising up the agenda for many operators. As always, higher performance and lower cost are the two leading considerations. Read more

The CSP business case for 5G

Feb 10 2020

The promise of 5G technology to transform the way we work, play, travel and communicate has created significant anticipation for new offerings in both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) markets. Concurrently, communication service providers (CSPs) are tasked with identifying new, profitable solutions that leverage 5G to meet this demand. Read more

How to spend less and do more with Cloud RAN. But don’t just take our word for it

Feb 07 2020

As you probably know, we at Nokia are big fans of the Cloud Radio Access Network (RAN). Read more

5G ecosystem paves the way to automated vehicles

Feb 06 2020

Connected cars are big business, with over 100 million of them on the roads already. This number is growing rapidly, with all new cars expected to be connected by 2022.  This connectivity will allow vehicles to interact with the cloud, with each other and with the road infrastructure - making roads safer, allowing traffic to flow more easily and making driving more comfortable. Read more

Here’s how open APIs ensure 5G’s super-performance in IoT

Feb 05 2020

The introduction of 5G technology enables innovative services that can deliver massive capacity and support ultra-reliable, low-latency communication. This evolution is accompanied by agile and open digital infrastructures that dramatically improve service velocity by disaggregating and virtualizing network functions in the cloud, where they can scale in and scale out depending on application demands.Read more

Making the 5G connection — with Network Functions Interconnect

Jan 31 2020

We are already surrounded by many helpful and innovative IoT solutions - smart cities enhance our lives and keep us safe, smart meters help us control energy, while smart buildings improve efficiency and cut costs.Read more

From automobiles to automating your 5G core

Jan 30 2020

We’ve both been in shipyards, Dan with his sailboat and Ed with the US Navy. Shipyards are an unending beehive of activity, with vehicles constantly moving in an intricate dance to get where they are going while avoiding hazards. Whether in a shipyard, warehouse, factory, or on busy streets and highways, it is clear that vehicles’ connected, cooperative and automated mobility (CCAM) using 5G is attracting keen interest.Read more

Make no mistake - automated testing in DevOps maintains a fast, accurate pace for 5G

Jan 30 2020

Over the last few years, I’ve had the chance to discuss the challenges of 5G with some of the world’s leading operators. A common theme today is developing and deploying new software. Despite the market demanding faster launches, operators actually face potentially longer deployment cycles due to 5G’s complexity and more frequent software updates.Read more

Building the 5G highway for connected cars

Jan 20 2020

The freedom of the road has been cherished by many people for a long time, yet with increasing environmental pollution, growing road accidents and the shear waste of time spent in traffic jams, it’s no wonder people are beginning to re-think how we get around.Read more

The first green industrial revolution

Jan 20 2020

Winter in Finland is spectacular. Bright sunshine, t-shirt warmth, sunbeds on every balcony. Well, perhaps not quite. But it is getting there. Finland’s warming rate is approximately double the global average, an acceleration that is melting snow, disrupting tourism and threatening indigenous wildlife.Read more

5G is here!” How do mobile transport providers get ready?

Jan 14 2020

It is no news to anyone in our industry that 5G is the number one investment priority for MNOs — both for their initial and their long-term deployments. But if you are a mobile transport provider currently providing leased lines to an MNO, the impact on your business might be less clear. What kind of offers will be most attractive to your customer and what changes do you need to make to be ready for the 5G revolution?Read more


Three strategies to help you capture the 5g opportunity

Jan 08 2020

Communication service providers need to think and act in extraordinary ways to make the most of the new capabilities and business opportunities of 5G. But what exactly does that look like? There are already plenty of real-world examples that operators can learn from and replicate. Read more

Leading 5G markets choose Nokia

Jan 07 2020

5G is an evolutionary technology but it will have a revolutionary impact, delivering blisteringly fast data speeds to consumers as well as ultra-reliability, low latency and massive machine type communications to a range of different vertical sectors. 5G will drive efficiencies and enhance the performance of areas such as industrial automation, smart stadia and immersive technologies such as virtual reality to name just a few. Read more

Where to go from here: monetizing the 5G consumer experience

Dec 16 2019

In a blog post published earlier this year we discussed the importance for service providers to modernize their business support systems and processes to be ready to tap into the growth opportunities brought on by 5G. And while a big part of that opportunity lies in emerging and future use cases, we urged CSPs to act now and accelerate deployment of 5G-ready digital monetization capabilities. Read more

A little give and take smooths the way for 5G and DevOps

Dec 13 2019

Our previous blog looked at the benefits DevOps could bring when deploying 5G. But what are the practicalities of using DevOps in the telco industry and how could it change the way operators and vendors work together? Could a little ‘give and take’ help smooth the path to DevOps and 5G? Read more

Automate and digitize for efficient 5G deployment

Dec 11 2019

Digital transformation is essential for operators to reach the full potential of 5G. The adoption of automation, AI and the digitalization of assets are vital steps to achieve this. It is our mission to guide Communication Service Providers (CSPs) on their digital transformation journey. Read more

An extraordinary year for 5G

Dec 10 2019

2019 will go down as a pivotal point in the history of 5G. It was the year in which real-world commercial deployments started to roll out in growing numbers — and deliver tangible results. It was also a year that offered some tantalizing glimpses into the future of telecommunications. Read more

A checklist for extraordinary 5G success

Dec 05 2019

Powerful new technologies always give rise to a crucial question: How can we make the most of their potential? With 5G, the answer grows out of an important realization — that its greatest value will come from the world-changing new applications that 5G can enable for consumers and even more so, for enterprises.  That is where the real opportunity lies — in driving innovation across a diverse number of vertical sectors such as manufacturing, health, automotive, agriculture and mining, to name a few. Read more

Zain’s 5G launch bring digital life a step closer to reality in KSA

Nov 26 2019

There has been a lot of press coverage about 5G launches in the US and South Korea however, Nokia is also part of the largest 5G launch in the Middle East and Africa that is really focused on delivering broad socio-economic benefits to all. Our recent 5G launch with Zain in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) leads the way for the whole continent and also plays an important role contributing to the government’s National Transformation Plan 2020 and Saudi Vision 2030. Read more

5G network that follows the game players

Nov 25 2019

Go get ‘em. Gaming continues to become more realistic, more involving and more compelling. The use of 4K high definition graphics, multiplayer involvement, Augmented Reality (AR) and, of course, the shift to mobile, all raise technical challenges for networks. Read more

Why 5G’s core network must change – what every operator needs to know

Nov 21 2019

We’ve been saying it for years. A cloud-native core network is essential for operators to achieve the full revenue-generating potential of innovative 5G services in a wide range of industry sectors. Read more

Chicago 5G Demo Day Highlights Nokia’s End-to-End 5G Solutions

Nov 15 2019

On November 13 at our Naperville campus, Nokia hosted our “Chicago 5G Demo Day” – the world’s first demonstration of live over-the-air 5G AirScale small cells in a Centralized RAN (C-RAN) architecture for a multi-player eSports gaming contest. The C-RAN architecture uses Nokia Fronthaul, Nokia Core (running on Nokia Cloud) and Nokia FastMile 5G Gateway in global frequencies. Read more

Ask these 8 questions before investing in a 5G-ready customer service solution

Nov 13 2019

Introducing a new technology, like 5G, promises a plethora of new services. These range from enhanced mobile broadband for an ever-growing number of connected devices, to gaming and virtual reality entertainment, to connected vehicles.  New technology and new services will no doubt increase the likelihood of service issues in the near term and put pressure on you to improve customer service performance to enhance profitability. 
Read more

Unlocking voice for the 5G era

Nov 11 2019

Over the years, voice has been re-invented many times, but it often seems to end up in a silo on its own.  CSPs have also become accustomed to battling it out with OTT service providers over voice, a drama that has unfolded right in front of us in only ten years. 
Read more

Ready for 5G? Better be prepared for DevOps!

Nov 01 2019

With its ability to validate new software releases in days rather than months and allowing new services enhancements to be launched within a few hours, it’s no wonder that DevOps is catching the attention of many operators. In fact, when we recently asked operators ‘What systems and technologies do you plan to deploy for your digital operations?’, almost two-thirds said they have already started to implement DevOps or plan to do so. Read more

Keeping the lights on in the 5G stadium

Oct 31 2019

For me a fantastic game or concert in a stadium is exciting enough, but when we add 5G into the mix, it becomes something else - a Smart Stadium. Fans and concert goers can select content to improve their enjoyment of the event, as well as different camera angles to add a whole new aspect. Read more

5G at 3.5 GHz: The Global Opportunity

Oct 29 2019

Nokia has long been an advocate of opening the entire 3.5 GHz range of bands, from 3.3 to 4.2 GHz, for 5G use. Indeed, the speed of 5G network deployment in the mid-bands, such as 3.5 GHz, can be significantly faster due to its propagation characteristics, which generally permit the reuse of the existing macro site grid that uses 1.8 GHz spectrum. Read more

5G begins and ends with trust

Oct 28 2019

Trust will be especially critical in the 5G era. This new generation of connectivity will bring with it a trillion-dollar opportunity for new networks and new services — but only if those networks and services are completely watertight. Consumers do not want their private information to fall into the wrong hands. The same goes for businesses, who will use 5G networks to transfer business-critical and highly-sensitive data. Read more

Do these 5 things to elevate your brand and prepare for 5G

Oct 17 2019

It is commonly said that customer expectations—against which they will judge their experience with your brand—have never been higher. We often hear the phrase “an Amazon-like experience,” which is frequently understood to mean easy to use, broad and deep selection, intuitive and tailored recommendations, no hassle returns, and fast delivery.  Interestingly, Amazon recently fell to number 2 for online shopper customer satisfaction in the February 2019 American Customer Satisfaction Index Retail and Consumer Shipping Report. Read more

Security posture – a KPI for 5G service providers

Oct 17 2019

My first 5G security blog covered the four elements that form the basis for building digital trust in the 5G era. I then wrote about the importance of security strategies as part of the overall 5G planning - well before deployment and not just as an afterthought. In this post, I will explore why 5G cyber security posture is the new business KPI for telco executives and board members, and why it is imperative for cyber security teams to adapt in workflow and tools, especially in Security Operations Centers (SOCs). Read more

What will it take to assure the quality of 5G services?

Oct 15 2019

One of the main reasons customer expectations are changing is that, for many service providers, the customers themselves are changing. Going beyond just providing connectivity to homes and businesses, 5G will open up previously untapped opportunities across a broad range of enterprise industry verticals. In the 5G era, service providers won’t just sell to these enterprises: they’ll co-create network-based services with them. That includes allocating network “slices” (virtualized portions of the network) that enterprises can use to integrate 5G capabilities into the digital services they sell to their own corporate or consumer customers. Read more

Pivot to Enterprise and Industry to Break Open the Treasure Chest in 5G era

Oct 08 2019

Imagine a world where advancements in technology are faster than we can keep up with; faster than we could implement this advanced staged technology. This is a world that many Communication Services Providers (CSPs) find themselves in. Today, it is their great challenge; how to survive and thrive in a world where the very foundations of that world – technology – is ever changing, striding forwards, leaving us all behind? The answer lies in the ability to identify where revenue growth will be. Read more

5G Factory Automation - From Ford to the Factory Floor

Sep 24 2019

At the recent 5G Roadshows events in Dallas and Columbus hosted by Nokia and Verizon, business customers inevitably gathered around the 5G Industrial Automation demo. In the demo Nokia showed how 5G can leverage connected power tools to improve manufacturing quality, to help digitalize manufacturing assembly and training processes with intelligent insights and to enhance productivity and agility. It is clear to me that industrial automation is on the top of customers’ minds these days. Read more

Committing to a cleaner, more connected world

Sep 23 2019

Our climate is in crisis. If CO2 emissions continue at the current rate, global temperatures are likely to rise by up to 5‍°‍C by the year 2100. The damage to the planet would be irreversible. Sea levels would rise and deserts would spread. Thousands of species would perish. As would countless humans. Read more

Retailers and shoppers rejoice. 5G connects you like never before!

Sep 06 2019

At a recent Business After Hours event in Dallas, where Verizon and Nokia showcased 5G to enterprise customers, I had many discussions about how businesses need to stay on top of 5G. While this applies to all businesses, I believe it is the retailers who are likely to be among the most enriched by the wealth of innovation that 5G will unleash. Let me explain. Read more

Nokia and Verizon Bring 5G Demos to Dallas

Aug 30 2019

Last week in Dallas, Verizon and Nokia hosted a spectacular Business After Hours event at the Toyota Music Factory to showcase 5G to Verizon’s diverse customer base in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Read more

A giant leap for 5G Cloud RAN

Aug 19 2019

With the world celebrating the first moon landing this summer, we at Nokia are marking our own historic event – the world’s first commercially deployed cloud-based 5G radio access network is live in North America. Serving the needs of people in one of the busiest cities in the US, this is a significant achievement and sets the stage for further innovations. Read more

Beefing up security in a 5G world

Aug 15 2019

The next wave of the Internet of Things (IoT) promises a new land of opportunity and convenience for consumers and enterprises alike. Read more

Changing the game with 5G

Aug 14 2019

Like many sports, success in top level tennis and motorsport racing takes speed and fast reactions. Rather like 5G. Read more

How do you secure a network with no perimeter? Operations, security and 5G

Jul 29 2019

While latency may be decreasing exponentially with 5G, everything else is increasing, including the attack surface for bad actors. What is also not increasing fast enough are the resources security teams have at their disposal. Read more

Get ready for the 5G city

Jul 26 2019

People have been saying for a long time that smart cities will revolutionize how we live. Today’s smart city applications are beginning to prove those predictions to be true. But the real disruption will come with 5G, which is going to transform the city into a dynamic platform that can support a vast array of digital solutions and personalized services. Read more

5G Changes Everything

Jul 12 2019

On May 23 in Toronto I was invited to participate in the Nokia’s first Canada Innovation Day.  It was a great event with Nokia playing host to about 300 of Canada’s telecommunications professionals.  I had the privilege of sharing my thoughts on the opportunities enabled by the practices, systems, and technologies that we generally refer to as “5G,” and the need to take a platforms approach to enable innovation and speed execution.  As stated in the title of this blog, 5G changes everything. Read more

Evolving microwave transport for 5G and beyond

Jul 10 2019

The new mobile era has truly begun as operators continue to launch live 5G networks. Microwave transport is playing a key role in 5G transition because it can provide cost-effective backhaul for 5G base stations and small cells and bring high-speed connectivity where it’s needed. Read more

5G fuels tomorrow’s industry

Jun 28 2019

This year I had the pleasure of attending the Hannover Messe, the world’s leading tradeshow of Industrial Manufacturing and Automation hosting 215.000 visitors. The very evident message of the exhibition was that 5G will fuel revolutionary changes on industrial floors in the forthcoming years. Read more

East meets West to boost 5G telecom innovation

Jun 14 2019

When leaders in their field get together, it can spark something special. That was the case this week when a Korea-Finland Startup summit saw Nokia and Korea´s radio frequency company KMW sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covering 5G technology and global business cooperation. Read more

Scaling up your business with 5G – Use cases to shape your journey to 5G success

Jun 12 2019

The 5G era is upon us, with deployments happening in many parts of the world.

Some of the technical questions around 5G have been answered and more devices are becoming available. But many mobile operators are still asking questions about how their customers will benefit from 5G, what opportunities they can address and how to use 5G to increase revenues. Read more

Nokia joins Sprint to bring 5G experiences to life

Jun 04 2019

The future with 5G is being brought to life at the new Sprint 5G Experience, which is located at the company’s Overland Park, Kansas headquarters. Sprint has envisioned what is possible with 5G by designing a truly immersive center that includes Nokia innovations and those of other collaborators to explain how 5G works, and most importantly, how it will help change the way we live, work and play. Read more

Making the Radio Edge Cloud a 5G centerpiece

Jun 07 2019

Things are happening fast in efforts to make the fully cloud-based Radio Access Network (RAN) a reality for 5G. An important new development is Nokia’s work with AT&T to jointly create the Radio Edge Cloud (REC) with the aim of releasing it in open source through the Linux Foundation. Read more

Why 5G?

May 23 2019

What a difference a generation makes, not just the human kind but the generations of cellular technology. I’m referring to 5G, as everyone is talking about it and it’s not just us in the telecommunications industry! Read more

Small Cells – Big in 5G

May 20 2019

While Small Cells solutions have been around for more than a decade, they’re very much a hot-topic. Originally developed to overcome the challenges of delivering in-building mobile broadband coverage from outdoor macro base-stations, Small Cells are now widely deployed both indoors and outdoors to address hot-spot areas where capacity uplift is needed. Read more

Talking ‘bout my generation

May 12 2019

Most technology development seems to be generated by one of two impulses. Sometimes – like every vacuum cleaner innovation in the history of the world – it’s developed in response to a need. And sometimes – like SMS text messaging – it’s a new use for a technology that was wholly unexpected. Read more

1+5+6+6 adds up to the best Brooklyn 5G Summit ever!

May 03 2019

You don’t need AI machine learning to know what 1+5+6+6 is. Read more

5G network slicing: From promising technology to powerful business enabler

Apr 24 2019

User and industry demands for 5G necessitate end-to-end transformation of service provider networks and are also driving the need for a new network architecture. Read more

Nokia 5G: cool and green

Apr 24 2019

Nokia has ambitious environmental targets and actions to reduce global CO2 emissions. Read more

Nokia has ambitious plans to reduce network power consumption

Apr 23 2019

In a recent Earth Day blog, we laid out our ambitious environmental targets and actions to reduce our fair share of global CO2 emissions. Read more

Discover the best microwave transport path to 5G network slicing

Apr 23 2019

If anyone doubts that microwave transport will be ready for 5G, think again. Read more

Nokia looks to a zero emissions digital society

Apr 22 2019

The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) is the next step in socio-economic advancement, and technology will play a central role in connecting people and all manner of consumer, industrial and business devices. Read more

Hands-off transport: without automation, 5G won’t work

Apr 16 2019

Your 5G business case is decided. You’ve deployed a 5G radio network. Read more

Open to new ideas: how a common 5G API exposure platform drives innovation

Apr 09 2019

Extreme throughput, extreme capacity, extreme connectivity for the Internet of things (IoT) and ultra-low latency (OK, ‘ultra’ is not ‘extreme’, but it is a good alternative word). Read more

Don’t let transport throttle your 5G ambitions

Apr 08 2019

Before any of your subscribers can begin to experience the eye-popping performance of 5G, you must connect them to the network. Read more

Ethernet for 5G fronthaul

Apr 05 2019

5G promises to deliver higher speeds and support revolutionary new use cases, services and applications that connect people and things. Read more

25G PON for 5G anyhaul

Apr 04 2019

All good stories start “once a PON a time.” Read more

China’s new city puts 4G/5G cloud-based radio network to the test

Mar 27 2019

China is well known for thinking big and constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation. A project to build a completely new mega-city does both. Read more

Nokia 5G radio: simple to deploy on top of another vendor’s 4G

Mar 26 2019

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are planning a rapid migration to 5G in order to improve user experience and create new value. Read more

How does your 5G strategy measure up?

Mar 18 2019

Predictably, the topic of 5G cropped up everywhere at Mobile World Congress. Read more

I was there: eyewitness accounts of 5G in action. The robot at Helsinki Airport

Mar 14 2019

5G will bring enhanced automation to airports. Read more

Are your business systems ready to monetize 5G?

Feb 21 2019

In a recent discussion with Nokia, John Abraham, principal analyst at Analysys Mason, explained why he believes many service providers are ill-equipped to properly monetize 5G enabled use cases and business models. Read more

Think 5G security right now, it cannot be an afterthought

Feb 19 2019

My last blog covered the four elements of 5G security needed to build digital trust. Now, I want to explore why security strategies must be implemented at the outset of 5G planning and before deployment, not just as an afterthought. Read more

5G is here already. Capturing the promise with Nokia

Feb 18 2019

With February every year comes the largest mobile technology event in the world: Mobile World Congress. Read more

Adapt, scale up and monetize with 5G

Feb 07 2019

Change is a fact of life, but the speed of change is breathtaking. Read more

5G can deliver an extraordinary experience to everyone

Jan 23 2019

We have come to expect fast, flawless connectivity and fast response times, whether we are at home, in the office, out and about or on the train. Read more

I was there: eyewitness accounts of 5G in action. The stadium experience

Jan 17 2019

Soccer can be addictive. Think how much more compelling though if you could get even closer to the action on the pitch via videos, replays and real-time stats on how the players are performing? Read more

5G architecture for the new digital retailer

Jan 08 2019

With the holiday shopping season behind us, the retailers in North America have a lot to cheer about. The latest Mastercard's SpendingPulse indicates that retail had the "best" season in six years, with overall sales growing 5.1%, with online shopping alone going up a whooping 19%. Read more

Extend your senses with 5G

Jan 08 2019

The physical world we live in brings us many wonders.  But over the recent decades the digital world has expanded so quickly, touching many aspects of our lives from the way we socialize, conduct business, and entertain ourselves. Read more

In 5G We Trust. Why flexible security is a 5G business essential

Dec 27 2018

The more trust a user has in a service, the more likely they are to buy it. In today’s world, digital trust is a compelling business consideration for all Communications Service Providers (CSPs). It’s also a telco industry issue that’s been hitting the headlines in recent months. Read more

Why Nokia rated as having the best competitive position among LTE and 5G RAN vendors

Dec 18 2018

In the 2018 Ovum RAN (radio access network) vendor market review report, I rated Nokia as having the best competitive position. Read more

5G is not just radio – it must be an end-to-end critical infrastructure

Dec 13 2018

To make the 5G business case fly, many Communications Service Providers (CSPs) acknowledge they need to “climb the value chain” with 5G use cases serving selected vertical markets and offering value-added consumer services that go beyond connectivity. Read more

Modernizing rules to make 5G a reality

Dec 10 2018

We all have heard about the many benefits the Fourth Industrial Revolution will bring: revolutionizing existing industries and creating new ones, delivering a new productivity jump and creating more efficiencies, and by this, giving a boost to our economy. Read more

Make 5G your simplest and best deployment yet

Nov 06 2018

To deliver ultra-fast, ultra-low latency performance, 5G networks must be tightly integrated, with every component and sub-system running in perfect harmony. Read more

Why CBRS innovation and commercialization matters in the Industry 4.0 era?

Oct 19 2018

U.S. companies need secure networks for the growing data requirements resulting from modernization, automation and remote devices. Read more

What’s central to the success of 5G? The core network of course

Oct 15 2018

What comes to mind when someone mentions 5G? It’s a mobile technology, right? So, chances are the radio network will be your first thought. Read more

5G-like speeds before 5G? Welcome to the land of LAA!

Oct 03 2018

The anticipation is building. The promise of 5G for many consumers in the know is the ultra-fast speeds they will be able to enjoy. Being able to download a feature film to their smartphone in a couple of seconds or play a high-end multiplayer game on the move is appealing to many. Read more

5G is the here and now

Sep 24 2018

5G is not the future. It is the here and now. Read more

Looking good, feeling smart – Nokia, Elisa and Helsinki launch design competition for 5G base stations

Sep 19 2018

I’ve long been inspired by Helsinki’s ability as a collected community of citizens and businesses to create a culture where style and substance thrive equally. And I’m not the only one. Read more

The innovation delay: why the most exciting 5G possibilities are yet to be discovered

Sep 13 2018

In terms of sheer potential, I think 5G is the most exciting technical leap forward of the last decade. The scale and breadth of innovation 5G is going to make possible is hard to fully comprehend. Read more

Cloud RAN accelerates Chunghwa Telecom’s 5G future

Sep 07 2018

Yet that’s just the beginning of the Cloud RAN story. What excites us as a Cloud RAN vendor is the new possibilities the technology opens up, one example being the low latency and high throughput to support new services like augmented reality, virtual reality and ultra-high definition video. Read more

Walking, running and driving with 5G

Aug 23 2018

With anything that’s new we often hear the phrase “we must learn to walk before we can run”, and it’s quite applicable when it comes to new technology, where development is completed in different phases delivering more capabilities over time. Read more

China Mobile verifies Cloud RAN benefits to pave the way to 5G

Aug 20 2018

LTE Radio Access Networks (RANs) globally are instantly connecting millions of subscribers and reliably delivering services over wide geographical areas. Read more

5G scales to the challenges of air quality

Jul 13 2018

According to recent UN reports, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas in 2018 and one in eight people live in one of 33 megacities each with more than 10 million inhabitants. Read more

ReefSharks spotted off the starboard side!

Jul 06 2018

Apart from on TV, very few of us get the opportunity to see sharks in anything close to their natural habitat. Read more

The TAO to make 5G move

Jul 03 2018

On the occasion of 5G World Conference in London from June 12-14 I have had the pleasure to share in a plenary session an update on 5G leadership, the “TAO (the way) to make 5G move.”  Read more

5G: just the next wave or a special generation?

Jul 02 2018

5G is a special generation for mobile. In fact, it’s much more than mobile. The framework of technology must embrace fixed as well as cellular, licenced as well as unlicensed.  Read more

5G: The pervasive infrastructure

Jun 14 2018

Networks are pervasive by nature, connecting us in so many ways, but we are about to undergo a massive shift in the way we experience connectivity. Read more

Looking for 5G’s killer apps? Make a start with these

Jun 12 2018

5G – fifth generation mobile networks are set to launch commercially by next year, 2019, some fixed wireless use cases in early adopter markets even by end of this year. Read more

Why do you need a 5G cloud-native core?

Jun 07 2018

BT Labs and Nokia Bell Labs on how a 5G core increases the value of a converged network. Read more

Alibaba delivers hot new experiences in South Korean winter sports viewing

May 11 2018

Not long ago, the world’s focus was on South Korea with winter sports captivating viewer attention. How spectators experienced the events, whether in person in the freezing cold, or watching at home, is a subject worth exploring. Read more

Imperatives for a successful 5G future

May 04 2018

There is no doubt about the potential of 5G, from the reinvention of experience at live events, to ushering in the fourth industrial revolution, the opportunities for 5G are unprecedented. Read more

Preparing for 5G? Take a VERY close look at IP router latency

May 02 2018

5G promises many things to many people. One of these promises is to provide near-zero latency with high reliability for mission-critical applications. Read more

New 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation

Apr 27 2018

Starting with 4G and evolving to 5G, these wireless technologies that connect people and things, will have a disruptive impact by enabling digitalization, ease adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT). Read more

Digital twin technology: double up to meet the challenges of IoT & 5G

Apr 25 2018

There are many complex objects and machines in the world – ships, aircraft engines and petrochemical plants to name three that have always fascinated me. Read more

An enterprising approach to 5G

Apr 23 2018

When digital mobile communications systems launched in the early 1980s, they were initially adopted by business users rather than consumers. Read more

Network slicing – solid business case or commercial non-starter?

Apr 17 2018

Network slicing is a concept that’s been on the cards for some time. With the growing development of 5G and cloud architectures, the technology is on the brink of deployment. Read more

Mobile data growth and 5G… Are we getting the numbers right?

Apr 11 2018

5G is expected to bring 10–100 times higher user data rates and numbers of simultaneous connections per square km. Read more

Unleashing the potential of 5G - in Korea

Feb 22 2018

Korea Telecom – in partnership with Nokia and Intel deployed the first large scale 5G trial network in Korea, with live demonstrations to the public in multiple locations. Read more

5G is totally changing how we connect

Mar 01 2018

5G ready, Nokia AirScale Cloud RAN wins GTI award. Read more

Where is the money to make sense of 5G investments?

The investment model for 5G has an advantage over previous generations because it builds on existing mobile operator investments in cloud and IT platforms that are being made independently of 5G. Read more

What’s the real deal for early 5G deployments?

While there’s a lot of excitement about the eventual applications for 5G mobile networks which include remote surgery and rich video interactions with virtual reality, the actual reality is that early applications of the technology will be much more familiar both to operators and their customers. Read more

5G is still a few years away so why should operators care about it now?

The capabilities of 5G are so transformative that they will enable mobile operators to enter new customer segments across many different vertical industries. Read more

How to get ready for 5G and meet the challenge of operationalising

Deployment of 5G involves a very different approach to that seen in previous network upgrades. In reality, this isn’t an upgrade but a re-imagining of what a mobile network is and what it can do. Read more

Sports fans win as 5G transforms the event experience

Feb 27 2018

Sporting events are in a state of transformation. No longer are event attendees content to simply be passive viewers. They want access to additional views, extra content and real-time updates and information. Read more

What 5G NR technology inventions are becoming a reality in 2019?

Oct 13 2017

By now, we have a good idea what 5G is envisioned to be – a unifying connectivity fabric that will connect virtually everything and a platform for future innovation that will support existing and future services that are not even known today. But what will 5G bring in the immediate term – in 2019? Read more

Partnering to win in the 4th Industrial Revolution

Nov 03 2017

With the promise of automating everything, the 4th Industrial Revolution has been the topic of much discussion. It is viewed as the point where all the work done so far in connectivity, mobility, sensors, devices, and analytics, among others, combines to unlock powerful new possibilities. Read more

The real wave of innovation in 5G microwave transport is here!

Feb 21 2018

Mobile technology is in a constant state of change. Access and core networks have evolved enormously and transport networks have also developed hugely over the years. From PDH and then SDH signals, microwave transport became IP-ready to serve the needs of 3G/4G networks. Read more

Don’t let the transport network slow your run to 5G

Feb 15 2018

On the path to 5G, major network changes are already affecting the architectures of the radio access network (RAN), the packet core, and content delivery networks. The mobile transport network also needs to transform so that it can be ready to handle extremely large traffic volumes and help achieve stringent 5G performance targets. Read more

Nokia ReefShark: taking the bite out of 5G deployment

Feb 07 2018

Think 5G and already people think of technologies and breakthroughs like Massive MIMO, beamforming, network slicing, Gigabit-speed throughput, near-zero latency and applications like autonomous vehicles, remote healthcare, IoT and Industry 4.0. But not many people will think of what goes on ‘under the hood’ of a 5G network to make all that happen. And some might even question whether it will happen at all. Read more

MEC & 5G for smart stadiums - Changing the sports entertainment game

Feb 02 2018

There are few things in this world that excite me more than an amazing stadium experience with my favourite football team, Manchester United and of course 5G—except, perhaps, for the prospect of bringing the two of them together. Now that’s something worth writing a blog about.  Read more

Tackling my home connectivity woes with the help of 5G

Jan 04 2018

As I wander around my home in Ireland, I find myself frustrated by inconsistent wireless coverage. I have two available networks: WiFi and the mobile wireless network. Thanks to basic topology and wireless propagation, downstairs the WiFi is good and cellular is poor, while upstairs the reverse is true. But my handset lacks the smarts to create seamless connectivity. Why do I have to bring my personal wireless technology expertise to solve this problem when the networks should be able to do this intelligently themselves? Read more

Survey: When it comes to 5G, this is what consumers want

Dec 17 2017

Although the first commercial 5G New Radio (NR) standard compliant networks are still a couple of years away — based on 3GPP Rel-15 standard release, today’s consumers are already anticipating the arrival of 5G in their next smartphones during 2019. Read more

What 5G NR technology inventions are becoming a reality in 2019?

Oct 13 2017

By now, we have a good idea what 5G is envisioned to be – a unifying connectivity fabric that will connect virtually everything and a platform for future innovation that will support existing and future services that are not even known today. But what will 5G bring in the immediate term – in 2019 when we start to see commercial 5G NR (New Radio) network deployments?  Read more

5G will transform your event experience

Sep 13 2017

Attendees at sporting and music events are becoming increasingly more active participants. Social media is changing how teams and music acts interact with their fans and affects how often fans are exposed to content from those they follow. Read more

Smart stadiums give fans a taste of the 5G experience

Aug 29 2017

As a former amateur footballer, not much beats the thrill of a live match. But now that I’m in the stadium seat rather than on the field, I pay particular attention to the venue and the overall experience. Read more

Travel fast, stay connected with 5G!

Aug 09 2017

Whether for business or leisure, travelling and commuting is part of our daily routine. Thanks to the smartphones, tablets and high speed mobile network coverage, the journey is never boring. Read more

Act 4: Industry meets 5G for the performance of a lifetime

Jul 19 2017

Preparing Industry for its 4th and most promising act, will set the stage for major transformation, where more than just manufacturers will benefit. Read more

5G: If you build it, they will come

Jul 17 2017

It's that time again, the time when we start preparing for a new technology (5G) just as we're really getting into the flow of using the previous one (4G). Read more

How will 5G shape emergency services?

Jul 04 2017

This year at Mobile World Congress in Shanghai Nokia, together with China Mobile, demonstrated the dramatic improvement 5G can bring to emergency situations. Read more

Front row view, wherever you are – 5G immersive experiences by KT

Jun 27 2017

In May 2017, Korea Telecom (KT) – supported by Nokia – demonstrated innovative immersive content creation and consumption scenarios at a major world football championship held in Korea where thousands of participants were attending from 24 countries and more than 1 million spectators were following 52 matches. Read more

5G: How close are we to commercial reality?

May 22 2017

This was the big question of the 4th annual Brooklyn 5G Summit on April 19 – 21, 2017 – the industry’s 5G flagship event hosted by Nokia and the New York University (NYU) Wireless, NYU Tandon School of Engineering and IEEE communication society. Read more

Nokia 5G FIRST drives new use cases

May 12 2017

We already know that 5G will change the way people communicate and enable growth in many industries, ranging from the automotive, entertainment, healthcare, and manufacturing industries. Read more

Orange and Nokia enabling the 4th Industrial Revolution

May 12 2017

Orange and Nokia took a big step forward to making 5G a commercial reality by launching a dedicated innovation platform to accelerate the development of 5G services for vertical industries in France and across Europe. Read more

5G Next Gen Core has a cloudy outlook!

Apr 25 2017

Of all the industry talk around 5G, most of the discussion has focused around radio evolution. But what about the other pieces of the puzzle? Let’s not forget the access, transport and core network that ensure our devices can connect to the services and applications being desired. Read more

5G may arrive faster than you think – good news or bad news?

Apr 21 2017

We’ve all been talking about 5G for years, but the standards needed to make it a global commercial reality have yet to appear. That has been seen by many as a potential point of delay. And who wants to wait when something as good as 5G is being promised? Read more

Early 5G adoption is the winning business plan

Apr 19 2017

We keep saying this, but it’s true. 5G will provide immense technological benefits – data rates of over 10 Gbps, latencies of up to 1 millisecond and much higher reliability compared to previous mobile technologies.  Read more

Changing the world in milliseconds

Apr 06 2017

Creating ultra low latency networks requires redesign of the radio’s frame structure, MEC and a SW-defined programmable network to manage network latency Read more

Looking for business certainty in 5G? Read this

Apr 18 2017

Certainty in business is highly sought after. No CEO likes nasty surprises. Yet when investing in unproven, future technologies, how can a company know it will get the performance and financial returns expected? Read more

Nokia at CES 2017 shows how 5G will unlock new ways to communicate

Jan 03 2017

Having the right piece of information, knowledge, or awareness at the right time is crucial to completing our work and daily life tasks. If only we could summon the right people when we need them, and have them show us how to proceed in our time of need! Read more

5G operator survey reveals who’s leading and what’s hot

Dec 15 2016

5G is more than business as usual and will not become just another “G” following the same business and technological paradigms. Instead, 5G will be a game changer with technical capability that will transform our industries and our lives. Nearly half of the executives in the survey view 5G as a revolution Read more

5G mmWave – small antennas but a giant leap for mankind

Dec 01 2016

Radio spectrum is the lifeblood of the cellular industry and it is a scarce resource as well. Traffic growth and increasing demand for throughput have been mainly met by making the usage of existing spectrum more efficient over time Read more

Making 5G dreams come true in standardization

Nov 23 2016

It’s not the stuff of most 5G blogs these days – but knowing what’s going on behind the scenes to get the next generation of mobile technology up and running is important to set expectations and priorities straight Read more

New spectrum 5g one step closer mmwaves

Sep 13 2016

5G needs the huge capacity of high frequency bands such as mmWaves Read more

5G/Massive MIMO Channel - The 5G mmWave Radio Revolution

The future of mobile communication will be very different from what we see today, with wireless data traffic projected to increase 10,000 fold within the next 20 years Read more

Dynamic End-to-end network slicing unlocks 5G possibilities

Jul 28 2016

5G networks must support a variety of very diverse use cases with different requirements for latency, throughput, and availability. Read more

Expect big things from 5G micro operators

Jul 20 2016

That led me to think about how other organizations or establishments might use 5G technology in their own focused ways to become micro operators. Read more

5G readiness – 3 takeaways from 5G World Summit

Jul 08 2016

Last week’s 5G World Summit show in London has provided some key insights into the status of 5G and the next steps that need to be undertaken for it to happen. Read more

Europe moving to 5G – time to move even faster!

Jul 07 2016

No doubt about it, 5G will be the key enabler for Europe’s digital transformation across all sectors and thus for the continent’s competitiveness. Digitization and societal transformation need massive capacity and connectivity, beyond the capabilities of the current networks.Read more

The foundations of 5G are here already

Jun 29 2016

Rather like a thunderstorm, you always hear about a new technology long before you actually see it. 5G is no exception. Even with 4G LTE – and even, in some parts of the world, 3G – still bedding down as a commercial proposition, 5G is growing closer at a steady pace. Read more

A healthy birth for the 5G hospital

Jun 07 2016

On a recent visit to Finland’s Oulu University Hospital, I was impressed that the nurses and doctors had abandoned paper files and were recording patient data on mobile devices. It was obviously much easier and more efficient for them than lugging large patient files around. Read more

This book is the best 5G resource available today

Jun 01 2016

As an industry leader in 5G, Nokia actively participated in the writing of the first comprehensive and consolidated book on the subject entitled: “5G Mobile and Wireless Communications Technology”. It was co-edited and shaped by 10 co-authors from Nokia Bell Labs, with contributions by more than 50 industry experts on 5G. Read more

Gartner, we agree! 5G is all about the use cases

May 09 2016

5G is not only a new air interface but the new generation of radio systems and network architecture in which different radios (legacy and new) work together perfectly. Progress has been rapid, with proofs of concept for many of the technological advances that will be a crucial part of the forthcoming 5G standard. Read more

Wind of Change Blows into Brooklyn 5G Summit

Apr 29 2016

Last week I went to the 3rd annual Brooklyn 5G Summit – an event hosted by Nokia and the New York University (NYU) Wireless, NYU Tandon School of Engineering and IEEE communication society. The theme of the summit this year was “Making 5G a commercial reality”.  The two-day event packed even more speakers, industry ingenuity and interesting ideas than a future 5G network could carry. Read more

Unprecedented access with 5G

April 25 2016

Future mobile operator business models will be determined by the availability of access to 5G networks. Human data consumption and the projected increase in machine-type communication (MTC) for the Internet of Things (IoT) will create an unprecedented level of demand. To address this demand, operators will need new radio techniques that will give everyone and every “thing” access from anywhere and everywhere. Read more

5G Mission Critical, not Mission Impossible

Mar 10 2016

How would you like to be able to interact with your friends even though they aren’t in the same room with you? How about commuting to work in the comfort of your own car without having to drive by yourself? Or how about controlling and commanding your avatar to work from a long distance? This is not science fiction. It will happen sooner than you think. Read more

And the award goes to…. Nokia’s 5G virtual reality demo at MWC 2016

Mar 07 2016

I’m not sure, but I think I may have had the most fun of anyone at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 5G was the topic creating the loudest buzz, and much of it was resonating from the demo I had the pleasure of hosting: Nokia’s 5G Virtual Reality (VR) experience booth. This year was all about showing what 5G can do for you. And we intended to give visitors the first 5G experience of their lives, make it memorable and show the world’s first commercial 5G ready solution in action. Read more

What’s cooking in 5G labs with Nokia and 4 leading universities?

Jan 11 2016

Research on 5G is progressing at lightning speed with the target to have THE 5G standard in place by 2019 and meeting all the KPIs that have been defined to make the services of the 5G era a reality. From extreme broadband with Gbps throughput over super reliable and rapid connectivity for machines to cost efficient networking for all the smart tiny sensors and helpers around us. To achieve this, 5G networks will combine revolutionary technologies and existing mobile generations into a new system. Read more

5G – Creating a platform to transform industries

Dec 09 2015

Nokia has been vocal about its vision for 5G and we’re working hard to ensure that its use will expand far beyond consumer mobile broadband by actively exploring the possibilities together with key players in the manufacturing and mobility ecosystem. Read more

Do we really need new network architecture for 5G?

Oct 22 2015

5G won’t look anything like the previous “Gs.”

So far the “Gs” of mobile communication had a clear use case as their guiding design principle: voice for 2G, data services for 3G, and mobile broadband for 4G. But what will the clear use case for 5G be? I would argue that nobody really knows. But if we don’t know for sure, then how will we know how to design the new “G”? The 5G era will be all about market dynamics, not only of the telecommunication space, which has shaped the previous “Gs”, but also dynamics of the entire economy. Read more

Nokia sets deadline for 5G launch in Europe at Santander Telecoms Summit

Sep 14 2015

There was a clear sense of urgency at last week’s 29th annual Telecoms Summit in Santander (Encuentro de las Telecomunicaciones), Spain’s biggest industry draw. As this year’s focus was on Strategies for the Digital Single Market, the Summit was a resounding 5G wake-up call for Europe. Read more

The Promise Of 5G

Aug 15 2015

Crunch Network, Aug 15, 2015, article by Hossein Moiin, Executive vice president and CTO of Nokia Networks.

The evolution of personal communication has fundamentally altered the everyday lives of most people on our planet. Armed with a smartphone connected to a seemingly infinite ocean of information, entertainment and applications, many of us cannot remember a time when we weren’t dependent on our mobile devices and networks for most of our daily needs. Read more

Industry cooperation on 5G is taking shape – Nokia plays key role

On July 1, a number of research projects began within 5G Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership (5G-PPP) that is part of the largest global research and innovation program Horizon 2020. 5G-PPP is a joint initiative of the ICT industry and the European Commission to define future 5G communication systems. Read more

5G architecture already poised to deliver outstanding CEM 

Jun 30 2015

One of the promises of 5G is to always provide the necessary experience and quality to people and things when and where it matters. To make this come true, the 5G network architecture will consist of a versatile radio system and a flexible core and transport network that allow more than 10 Gbps when needed, even 100 Mbit/s at the cell edge and 1 ms latency for critical applications. Read more

Here’s how to build extremely flexible 5G core networks

The day before yesterday, we published a blog about CNBC’s recent visit to Nokia Networks to learn why we’re leading in the 5G race. You can see the interview here. As a quick refresh, here’s what we see as the 3 basic drivers for 5G Read more

CNBC visits Nokia to talk 5G

We’re starting to read more and more about 5G in the news these days, and earlier this month I had the chance to speak with a crew from CNBC which flew to Finland to discuss the topic and see our Solution Experience Center. It was a really productive visit – we discussed the strong growth of data, how billions of sensors will contribute to the data flood and how Nokia is using these insights to plan smart networks of the future... Read more

This is how 5G networks will follow their users

5G massive broadband will offer enough capacity to perform every function users desire – wherever they go, without a drop in speed or connection, and no matter how many people are connected at the same time. Basically, it will be network nirvana for the “I want it now” generation. For example, subscribers will be able to enjoy 8K films in 3D, which is 16 times the pixel count of full HD, while they are on the move. And they’ll be able to download a full movie in a matter of seconds over the mobile network. Read more

Brooklyn event crystallizes 5G advances

Greetings from the second annual Brooklyn 5G Summit, organized by Nokia and New York University (NYU WIRELESS) which brought together over 200 leaders of mobile industry research and development from operators, regulators, partners, infrastructure vendors and academia to explore the future of 5G wireless technology. Watch this video for a snapshot of key highlights and participant insights from the event. Read more

10 key rules of 5G deployment

Apr 16 2015

The recent progress in 5G technology has been remarkable. The Brooklyn 5G summit saw an impressive line-up of prototypes that will form the cornerstones of 5G. The demonstrations showed how to make best use of the entire frequency spectrum up to the 100 GHz area with advanced technologies such as Massive MIMO and beamsteering achieved by phased array technology using a large number of antenna elements. One of the highlights was the proof that 5G cellular technology is able to deliver peak speeds of 10 Gbps, over the air under realistic conditions. Downloading a full-length HD movie at 10 Gbps on a mobile device takes only a matter of seconds. In other words, we are very much where we need to be from a 5G technology research point of view. Read more

Brooklyn 5G Summit will bring 5G closer to reality

5G is easily the #1 industry conversation starter at the moment despite the fact that the commercial launch of 5G networks is still 5 years ahead of us. Even though the industry hasn’t even entered the standardization phase yet, the selection and development process for key technology enablers has already started. Read more

Building the 5G future in South Korea

Jan 23 2015

Think of advanced telecommunications networks and services and you immediately think of South Korea. With one of the highest smartphone take up figures in the world and some of the fastest data rates anywhere, South Korea has come to symbolize all that is most advanced in mobile telephony.

Already a leader in 4G deployments, it’s no surprise that South Korean operators are pushing on to the next stage, planning the much-heralded 5G networks that are set to revolutionize not only the way we communicate, but the very way we lead our lives. Read more

Why we will need 5G

Dec 04 2014

The 5G debate rages on. Some stakeholders have even claimed they have pre-commercial 5G systems already available, suggesting that the launch of 5G is imminent. We have also seen announcements of speed records generated by systems that were labelled “5G”. Surprisingly, there is far less debate about why 5G is needed. Read more

Collaborating to create the 5G cookbook

During the last year or so, a lot has been said and written about the marvels of 5G and how it will provide infinite capacity everywhere, all the time, for tens of billions of devices by 2020 and beyond. Several forums have been identifying requirements derived from future projections of mobile data demand, and companies like Nokia have been sharing visions on the future of mobile communications. Read more

5G performance what can we expect

Driven by the enormous increase in mobile data traffic and flourishing user demands, we need to look beyond 4G. The mobile communications community has already conducted significant research into systems for the next decade and 5G is the acronym for next generation mobile communication systems. It is generally anticipated that 5G will be commercially available around 2020 at the earliest. Questions arise about what 5G will look like, what it will comprise and what will be the underlying technology? Read more

5G-Beyond the hype

Jan 27 2014

Based on the 5G related announcements and even some claims about market-ready 5G products last year, you could get the impression that the fifth mobile generation is already ripe for launch. This obviously isn’t the case since 5G standardization hasn’t even started yet. So let’s forget the hype and focus on the areas that are really important to explore. Read more