Nokia, Orange Team for 5G Services
January 31, 2017
and the Orange Group are to collaborate on the development of services
that will allow industries and consumers to take advantage of the
unprecedented efficiencies and business models made possible by 5G.
5G promises to deliver dramatic improvements in peak data speeds,
network latency and agility, as well as the ability to enable new
capabilities such as network slicing. This will allow operators to
support a growing number of customers and potentially billions of
connected IoT devices with consistent quality of service, laying the
foundation for smarter cities, connected vehicles, smart factories and
offices, remote healthcare and many other connected industries.
Under a new collaboration agreement, Nokia and Orange will drive the
definition and development of these new services, with a focus on making
the transition from 4G to 5G network connectivity in the most efficient
way in terms of power, operations, and cost effectiveness, and with the
highest level of quality and reliability. Furthermore, the companies
will build on existing joint innovation programs, as well as work with
other partners, to develop, trial and introduce solutions that will make
5G a commercial reality and drive the digital transformation of vertical
Nokia and Orange will leverage the Nokia Flexi Base Station and 5G-ready
AirScale radio access portfolio, the AirFrame data center platform,
telco cloud and cybersecurity technologies to create applications making
use of 5G's ultra-low latency and ultra-high reliability.
This work will also include the
•Ultra-broadband leveraging new frequency bands
•Cloud RAN and massive MIMO
•End-to-end network slicing techniques
•Energy efficiency techniques
Nokia and Orange will leverage the existing research collaboration
between Orange Labs and Nokia Bell Labs and establish joint innovation
platforms at the Nokia Paris Saclay premises on the outskirts of the
French capital, and at the Nokia campus in Lannion, in Western France,
in collaboration with two Orange's research and innovation sites, Orange
Gardens in Chatillon and Orange Labs in Lannion. The companies will open
up the laboratories to work with their respective innovation partners,
including local enterprises, vertical application providers and local
start-ups, to accelerate the ecosystem that will be created around 5G.
Maloberti, Senior Vice President, Orange Labs Networks at Orange said:
"In line with the Orange Essentials 2020 strategy, Orange places
innovation at the heart of its drive to deliver an unmatched customer
experience. Working with Nokia, we are preparing the evolution of our
networks from 4G to 5G, with multiple services on a single
infrastructure to deliver a quality tailored for each service
requirement. Our new services will enhance people's lives and accelerate
the digitization of vertical industries."
Marc Rouanne, chief innovation and operating officer at Nokia, said:
"With our breadth of Radio, IP and Optics technologies, and the
expertise of Bell Labs, Nokia is proud to be assisting Orange in the
introduction of 5G and the application of the Future X Network paradigm.
Through this collaboration, we will test 5G applications for different
industry segments and measure the benefits of extremely short latency
and very high speeds. We are also delighted to be applying our
world-class R&D expertise in Paris and Lannion in this project."