Nokia selected to upgrade KDDI’s network for 5G

Nokia selected to upgrade KDDI’s network for 5G

Nokia has been selected by KDDI Corporation, a leading telecom company in Japan, to work as a primary partner to upgrade its 4G network to 5G with Nokia’s radio access solution AirScale, which is designed to support both 4G and 5G operations.

The 5G network is intended to support KDDI across both cmWave and mmWave 5G frequency bands and can be deployed in both distributed and centralized architectures.  

The partnership will allow KDDI to improve its 4G network while meeting the growing consumer and industrial demands for 5G.

Nokia is already a supplier to KDDI across multiple technologies, including fixed networks, radio, mobile core network, and multiple software solutions.

The 5G network will be deployed across Japan and is expected to provide enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) to Japanese consumers and enhanced Machine Type Communication (eMTC) enabling multiple new applications and services for industries.

The network architecture will also be transformed to enable 5G Ultra Reliable Low Latency Connectivity (URLLC).  

John Harrington, Head of Nokia Japan, said, “This deal will allow KDDI to get ready for the 5G era and we are honoured and excited to continue our long-term relationship.

“As an end-to-end supplier of multiple technologies to KDDI, we look forward to transforming the network and launching 5G for consumers and industries.

Insight Analysis

Nokia currently has 48 global 5G commercial contracts, including live networks in Australia, the US, Latin America, Europe, and Korea.

The company has announced 5G commercial contracts with 25 customers, including the following:

A1 (Austria) Antel (Uruguay) AT&T(US) Docomo (Japan) du (UAE) Elisa (Finland) KT (Korea) LG Uplus (Korea) Ooredoo (Qatar) Optus (Australia) Rain (South Africa) Salt (Switzerland) SoftBank (Japan) Sprint (US) Saudi Telecom Company (Saudi Arabia) SK Telecom (Korea) Telia Company Three UK (UK) TIM (San Marino) T-Mobile (US) US Cellular (US) Verizon (US) VF (New Zealand) Vodafone Italy (Italy) Zain (Saudi Arabia)

Matteo Natalucci

Matteo Natalucci is a geopolitics expert working as an Editor in London covering all aspects of international affairs and technology. Matteo previously worked for the United Nations, the European Commission, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, IHS Markit, and Global Data. Get in touch with the author: matteo.natalucci@internationalinsider.org
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