The executive missives come as some European operators have expressed concern that their 5G plans could be delayed if Huawei is not part of the infrastructure puzzle.
Ahead of MWC, Nokia launched four vertically-focused IoT packages to serve the agriculture, livestock management, logistics, and asset management markets.
The vendor last year said it would open a software development center and ASIC design center in Austin, Texas. The two facilities will develop 5G products and software and employ more than 330 engineers.
The Finland-based vendor saw strong Q4 performance in North America as U.S. operators ramp up their 5G rollouts. But it warned about a "particularly weak" Q1.
The German carrier signed an agreement with the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises to drive 5G deployment in the capital.
SD-WAN is supporting a service that rates soccer players based an analytics that are derived from live video feeds around a stadium.
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Sandra Motley was named president of the Fixed Networks Business organization. She previously served as COO of that group and will now report directly to Nokia President and CEO Rajeev Suri.
The report cited a divergent business path compared with Nokia and hinted at a potential upside for Ericsson due to continued geo-political issues for Huawei and ZTE.
The German carrier along with Nokia is now in a position to test use cases for industry and enhanced massive broadband.
Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm, and Samsung have all recently conducted tests of 5G networks based on the Non-Standalone 5G New Radio (NSA 5G NR) standard.
“If you have an IoT device and it has any vulnerability and it’s visible from the Internet, it will be attacked in a number of minutes,” said Kevin McNamee, director of Nokia’s Threat Intelligence Lab and lead author of the report.
The new deal comes hot on the heels of a $567 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB), bringing the total amount of publicly announced 5G financing to $851 million.
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Huawei continues to dominate the worldwide market, with Ciena tops in North America.