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Nokia to aid LG Uplus expand 5G connectivity in South Korea
by Sayan Sen
Nokia has struck a deal with LG Uplus to expand 5G connectivity in South Korea. LG Uplus is one of the largest carrier services in the East Asian country and the company will be deploying Nokia's small cell-based AirScale Indoor Radio (ASiR) systems to meet its 5G coverage demands.
Nokia AirScale Radio Access solution As 5G grows, mobile data traffic is also expected to rise by leaps and bounds which require tremendous densification to provide for the capacity required. Nokia's ASiR, the company says, is a solution to help communication service providers (CSPs), like LG Uplus, to transition to 5G New Radio (NR) from 4G in an easy and cost-effective way. DaeHee Kim, SVP and the Head of Network Infra Technology Group at LG Uplus says:
In terms of equipment, Nokia's Digital Baseband unit (BBU) and ASiR-pRRH (pico Remote Radio Head) will be utilized. The ASiR system combines multiple ASiR pRRH units to produce a single frequency network (SFN) that helps to extend the broadcasting area without the need for additional frequencies. The system will feature multi-band and multi-operator support. The networks under ASiR can also be remotely configured thanks to its web-based manager, and the compact nature of ASiR means that it can be scaled and upgraded easily. To know more about the technology, visit the official Nokia ASiR webpage here.
LG Uplus has been working on expanding the 5G network in South Korea for some time. In December last year, the carrier, in partnership with Qualcomm and LG announced that it's introducing the country's first 5G mmWave network at the Kumoh National Institute of Technology (KIT).
Nokia to use new Intel Xeon Scalable Processors to reduce emissions
by Paul Hill
Nokia has announced that its AirFrame data centre is set to begin using third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors that will boost speeds, data throughput, and ultimately lower energy consumption which reduce the firm’s carbon emissions. Nokia said that it will upgrade its hardware as soon as the latest processors are released thanks to its partnership with Intel.
Commenting on the news, Pasi Toivanen, Head of Edge Cloud at Nokia, said:
Nokia’s AirFrame data centre is used to run virtualized and cloud-native software that demand powerful computing resources. Nokia said that it helps support network functions and addresses latency constraints so that huge data demands can be met. Nokia’s new processors will be used to support its 5G AirScale Cloud RAN and 5G Cloud Core solutions.
Switching to the new processors will help the firm meet its Science Based Targets (SBT). Last month, it said that it wants to reduce its emissions by 50% by 2030 compared to 2019 and it wants to meet a 1.5°C global warming scenario.
Nokia base stations to see huge power consumption reduction
by Paul Hill
Nokia has announced that it plans to halve its 5G base station power consumption over the next two years. The firm will aim towards these emission reductions by making “continuous improvements” to the software that controls the base stations and by developing new AirScale 5G mMIMO Base Station variants that use the latest SoCs which are more power-efficient.
Commenting on the work to reduce the emissions of its base stations, Ari Kynäslahti, Head of Technology and Strategy at Nokia Mobile Networks, said:
In its announcement, Nokia recognised that 5G is set to dramatically increase network traffic, therefore, it wants to implements techniques such as advanced sleep mode and other power-saving features to cut the energy usage.
By reducing base station emissions, Nokia will be able to more easily work towards its wider goal of halving its 2019 emission by 2030, which it announced at the start of the month. It said that it is working towards new, more ambitious Science Based Targets (SBTs) that will bring it in line to meet the 1.5°C global warming scenario rather than the 2.0°C scenario.
Nokia partners with Microsoft to integrate Cloud RAN with Azure
by Paul Hill
Nokia and Microsoft have formed a new partnership that will see Nokia integrate its Cloud RAN technology with Microsoft’s Azure to boost end-user functionality in business scenarios. The partnership is one part of Nokia’s strategy to partner with cloud providers to deliver for end-user businesses looking to monetise their 4G and 5G deployments.
Commenting on the partnership, Yousef Khalidi, Corporate Vice President, Azure for Operators at Microsoft said:
Under the agreement, Nokia will combine its mobile networks solutions such as Cloud RAN, Open RAN, Radio Intelligent Controller (RIC) and multi-access edge cloud (MEC) with the Azure Private Edge Zone which enables data processing near to the end-users which solves any latency issues. Additionally, Nokia’s 5G RAN will be integrated with Azure 4G/5G core and the two firms will investigate how the Nokia AirFrame Open Edge server can be deployed as part of a telco edge strategy.
Today’s announcement marks just the first steps of collaboration between the two companies; according to Nokia, they will also look into additional areas where they can work together including network slicing.
Nokia and Samsung sign video standards patent license agreement
by Paul Hill
Nokia and Samsung have come to an agreement over a license for patents. Under the deal, Samsung will gain access to innovations in video standards covered by Nokia’s patents in exchange for royalty payments that help Nokia recoup the costs of its development efforts.
According to the statement put out by Nokia, the terms of the agreement are confidential between the two parties including the royalties that Samsung will have to pay the Finnish firm. Over the last 20 years, Nokia has invested €129 billion in research and development and now holds 20,000 patent families including 3,500 patent families that are essential for 5G.
Commenting on the deal, President of Nokia Technologies Jenni Lukander said:
Nokia said that it licenses out its innovations on “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” terms. With Nokia doing most of the heavy lifting, other companies can then license the technologies for less than it would cost to do their own research and development.
Another firm that Samsung has licensed patents from is Ericsson. In December, Ericsson filed a lawsuit against the South Korean firm for violating the terms of the arrangement. A similar incident took place in 2012, but after two years, Samsung finally paid Ericsson $650 million, plus a years-worth of royalties.