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Nokia and Türk Telekom partner to push 5G and IoT development

Steve Rogerson
April 20, 2016
 
Nokia and Türk Telekom have signed a memorandum of understanding to accelerate the development of 5G radio access network technology and the applications that will drive the internet of things. Türk Telekom will make its network infrastructure available to Nokia for real-time testing to accelerate the introduction of 5G in Turkey.
 
The 5G technology aims to move beyond simple connectivity to transform networks, delivering massive capacity, connectivity and ultra-fast data speeds – with almost zero latency – to meet the demands of billions of devices, applications and things in the programmable world. With network slicing, a 5G network can be tailored to the diverse needs of different industries, enabling the large-scale transformation of sectors such as healthcare, security, automotive, public safety, industrial manufacturing and smart cities.
 
The companies will work together on testing 5G and IoT technologies for tracking, metering, smart cities, smart home and latency-sensitive applications. They will then use their findings to develop 5G-ready services that will allow Türk Telekom to evolve its network and be ready for the eventual introduction of commercial 5G services.
 
In a step towards 5G, Nokia is deploying 4G LTE-Advanced technology for Türk Telekom, and the operator has already launched LTE-A services in Turkey.
 
"We intend to be a pioneer in the deployment of technologies that differentiate our customer services,” said Rami Aslan, CEO at Türk Telekom. “Working with Nokia, we have already launched 4G LTE-Advanced in Turkey, and the development of 5G technology will allow us to drive digital revolution, changing the way of life for our customers and growing the economy.”
 
Nokia has been a longstanding provider to Türk Telekom of customer care and analytics-driven services from its Motive portfolio, underpinning the operator's network with advanced technology to ensure the optimum customer experience.
 
“We are pleased to yet again leverage Nokia's expertise and innovation leadership," said Aslan.
 
The MoU will see the companies focusing on the development of a cloud architecture for radio and core network technology that can support network slicing in particular.
 
"By signing the agreement with Türk Telekom to develop 5G and IoT technologies, we are taking an important step towards defining the future of mobile networks,” said Ernst Nassl, head of the customer business team for Turkey and central Asia at Nokia. “Our work with customers on 5G is crucial in allowing us to better understand real network use-cases for this technology and to accelerate commercial use."
 
Nokia has launched a US$350m IoT investment fund through Nokia's private venture firm, Nokia Growth Partners, around the connected enterprise, consumer IoT, connected car and digital health, as well as technologies with a focus on capabilities in big data and analytics.
 
Nokia collaborates with leading universities in China, Europe and the USA to improve and share capabilities in 5G technologies. It also runs several 5G-related industry projects in Europe, chairs the 5G-PPP association and runs 5G innovation projects with major operators including China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, NTT Docomo, Korea Telecom, SK Telecom and Verizon Wireless.