- The 63 signed commercial contracts exclude any other type of 5G agreements, such as paid network trials, pilots or demonstrations
- Nokia also claimed that it is the only vendor vendor with a globally available end-to-end product portfolio that covers all 5G network elements
Nokia has announced that it has reached 63 commercial 5G contracts worldwide. It includes customers like AT&T, KDDI, Korea Telecom, LG Uplus, NTT DOCOMO, O2, SK Telecom, SoftBank, Sprint, STC, T-Mobile US, Verizon, Vodafone Italy and Zain Saudi.
Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks at Nokia said, “This milestone highlights the quality and customer confidence in our 5G portfolio and we expect this to continue this year with the addition of many more new deals. Our global end-to-end portfolio includes products and services for every part of a network, which are helping network operators to enable key 5G capabilities such as network slicing, distributed cloud and the industrial Internet of Things. We are delighted that our technologies are helping to shape the delivery and deployment of 5G technologies worldwide and the myriad benefits these will bring to businesses and consumers alike.”
Cellular technology R&D and standardisation
The 63 signed commercial contracts exclude any other type of 5G agreements, such as paid network trials, pilots or demonstrations. If these agreements were included, the total number of 5G agreements would reach over 100 as per Nokia.
The company said that this momentum in 5G is possible because the company has been a leader in cellular technology R&D and standardisation. It said in an official statement the company said, “Nokia also declared more than 2 000 5G patent families as essential for 5G, a year after making its first declarations for the standard. Driven by world-class innovations from across the organisation, including the renowned Nokia Bell Labs, it has played a leading role in contributing technologies to 5G, working with 3GPP to establish 5G standards and enabling the rollout of 5G networks. It is now contributing towards the next set of standards, Release 16.”
Radio, core, cloud and transport
Nokia also claimed that it is the only vendor vendor with a globally available end-to-end product portfolio that covers all 5G network elements. It includes radio, core, cloud and transport and management, automation and security. The company said that this offers operators and enterprise customers with a simple and efficient step-wise upgrade to existing radio access, core and transport domains. It helps in faster adoption to 5G.