Nokia continues 5G, cloud partnership with Japan’s SoftBank

Nokia has announced that Japanese telecommunications conglomerate SoftBank has selected their 5G Core software to enable the launch of Softbank’s standalone 5G services.

Nokia’s 5G Core is developed around cloud-native and DevOps principles, which is expected to benefit SoftBank users by delivering higher connectivity, scalability, and bandwidth, all with lower latency.

“Nokia 5G Core’s near-zero-touch automation capabilities, high-level operational efficiencies, scale and performance will help SoftBank deliver advanced services and experience, and boost network reliability,” said John Lancaster-Lennox, Head of Market Unit Japan at Nokia.

SoftBank will also be leveraging two of Nokia’s cloud offerings, Cloud Mobility Manager and Cloud Mobile Gateway, to support the company’s 5G rollout.

“We are pleased to be expanding our relationship with Nokia as we enable fast and reliable 5G service for our subscribers. This 5G core solution will catapult us into the next phase of our 5G transition,” said Keiichi Makizono, Senior Vice President and CIO of SoftBank.

The new partnership will aim to support new use cases, virtual and augmented reality, fixed wireless access, video surveillance and analytics, cloud robotics, and connected vehicles.

By Jie Yee Ong, Tech Reporter

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Nokia partners with Smart for IoT development in the Philippines

Philippines’ Smart Telecommunications has chosen Nokia as its partner to launch Internet of Things (IoT) services across the country.

Nokia will provide Smart with its Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) services, its cloud-native, Software as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that enables a smooth upgrade to 5G.

“The Nokia WING IoT Platform solution bolsters our capability in solving our customers IoT-related requirements quickly and helping them get to market faster and with greater scale,” said Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President and CEO, and SVP and Head for PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups.

Smart will be able to leverage Nokia’s WING solutions to deliver automated, real-time control features across its IoT deployments.

“Nokia’s technology helps us to maintain PLDT’s leadership position and assist our customers in maximizing the potential of IoT services.” he added.

Nokia also recently announced a partnership with Equinix to bring next-generation edge architectures and services to market, particularly as 5G is expected to increase the need for edge data centers.

Smart is changing the digital landscape in the Philippines 

A subsidiary of Philippine conglomerate PLDT Group, Smart has been upgrading its telco offerings to support the Philippines in its digital transformation journey. Besides teaming up with Google to deploy Wi-Fi hubs nationwide, in September, Smart became the first to roll out commercial 5G in the country.

“We are excited to work with Smart on this deal that will deliver superior experiences to their customers. IoT services are increasingly becoming a necessity as part of any operators’ digital transformation strategy,” said Ankur Bhan, Head of Nokia’s WING Business.

Smart is also promoting digital literacy in the public sector: in early October, the Philippine Air Force selected the domestic telecommunications giant to train its officials to counter rising cyberthreats as a result of the pandemic.

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