Nokia awards 5G deal with Vodafone New Zealand

Nokia awards 5G deal with Vodafone New Zealand

Nokia will supply and integrate 5G technology for Vodafone New Zealand be launched in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown in late 2019. The deal, includes Nokia’s AirScale radio access network, cloud-native core and design services.

“We are excited to be joining forces with Vodafone New Zealand, our partner of over 20 years, to bring 5G to New Zealand,” Tommi Uitto, Nokia’s President of Mobile Networks said in a statemnt.

“With this agreement, we will enable Vodafone New Zealand to deliver 5G services to their customers and create an even more connected society.”

Tony Baird, Technology Director, Vodafone New Zealand commented, “We are excited to be working with Nokia to deliver a commercial 5G network for Vodafone and New Zealand, building on our proud heritage of being first to deliver to Kiwis, the best mobile technology available at the time, including 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G.

Insight Analysis

5G technology requires significant changes in the core network, predominantly the introduction of virtual network functions (VNFs) running on service-based architecture within the telcom cloud.

The Shared Data Layer is the cornerstone of this move to consolidate subscriber and session data within a highly reliable and scalable repository.

Separating data from processing boosts business agility, making it easier to explore new services and revenue opportunities, many based on third-party cloud applications.

The Shared Data Layer also simplifies the network architecture, thereby reducing TCO.

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