Nokia has announced that it has partnered with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to help give students the knowledge and skills they need in order to operate in an industry that is shifting towards technologies such as 5G. The Nokia 5G Skills Accelerator will also develop student’s skills and knowledge in IP, broadband technologies, and other future forms of communications.
Discussing the partnership, Zoltan Losteiner, head of the Oceania region at Nokia, said:
"Australia will be among the world leaders in 5G adoption and can be a pacesetter in the development of new mission-critical services in areas like industrial IoT. We need to accelerate the development of the right skills and knowledge to ensure Australia can reap the full benefits, and Nokia is proud to partner with UTS in this new national training facility. Nokia has a strategy, innovation engine and technology portfolio completely geared for 5G, and now we will build the local industry skills capacity to take Australia forward."
Nokia will base its Accelerator in the new UTS Botany Tech Lab and Ultimo Data Lounge and expects to attract “more than 1,000 industry personnel and academic students” during the course’s first year in 2019.
Describing the course’s focus, Nokia said:
“Course focus areas will span technology domains including radio access, IP routing, optical and core networks, fixed broadband access, security and IoT platforms.”
Nokia will likely benefit from the initiative as most of its business is centred around telecommunications technology, and it will need employees in the country with skills in emerging technologies such as 5G. Nokia and UTS have already been working together for more than 15 years, the university is a “key member” of Nokia’s Australian graduate program.