Switching the networks to software-managed operations allows the operator to deploy on-demand activation services and automatic recovery control via artificial intelligence-based technologies if there is an outage.
The Chinese juggernaut this week is trying to shift attention to the future by highlighting 5G deployments that are underway and its plan to pursue a more rapid pace of innovation.
The auction of 5G-specific spectrum seems unlikely before early-2020, as Brussels 5G pilot is also put on hold over health concerns tied to radiation emissions.
The operator contributed the initial seed code for the 5G RAN Intelligent Controller, which was co-developed with Nokia, to the Linux Foundation in partnership with the O-RAN Alliance as open source software.
Vendors use Germany’s Hannover Fair as a showcase for industrial 5G and IoT applications.
Within a span of 24 hours, Ericsson and Nokia both claimed to have 16 commercial 5G deals with publicly named service providers.
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Nokia and China Unicom claim this is the first network with 4G and 5G running on the same cloud infrastructure.
The Pentagon is planning for a series of experiments later this year to learn more about propagation, latency, interference, and the equipment necessary to power 5G.
A1 rivals have so far been using China-based vendors ZTE and Huawei.
The vendor has attempted to downplay concerns but admitted the investigation could result in "criminal or civil penalties, including the possibility of monetary fines."
Hutchison Drei has complained about increased competition with four new organizations having gained access to 5G spectrum licenses.
The Finnish carrier is working with Nokia on the fixed wireless network equipment and is looking to start its first customer trials this spring.
The Chicago-based regional carrier plans to begin offering 5G services by the end of this year.
Suri also stated that in terms of costs, Nokia was “confident” in its ability to compete, and that includes on important features like security.