An agreement has been made by Nokia and China Mobile Research Institute to create a more open 5G ecosystem.
The partnership, established at the China Mobile 2018 Partner Summit, will see both companies jointly optimize 5G networks using a more open form of architecture.
In addition to this, Nokia will work with China Mobile Research Institute to simplify interoperability between multi-vendor radio access network (RAN) technologies, providing improved levels of service performance for customers.
According to a statement, investigating O-RAN use-cases will allow 5G networks to be optimized and a growing number of service needs to be managed.
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These service requirements include decentralized cloud RAN architecture, using real-time and non-real-time processing capabilities, as well as smart radio intelligence control using advance network analytics.
Nokia, which wants to embrace a culture of openness and collaboration using open API common interfaces and toolkits, will enable customers such as China Mobile Research Institute to access and benefit from network artificial intelligence, machine learning and real-time analytics.
The companies, as part of the agreement, will share their findings through a series of O-RAN working groups, conducting analysis, studies and demonstrations.
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Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “We are excited to work with China Mobile Research Institute to realize the company's goals.
“It reflects our capabilities in end-to-end network technology and the work we are already doing as we build-in openness across our 5G Future X architecture.
“5G will enable new use-cases with a wide variety of service level requirements. An optimized and open end-to-end network will enable the levels of automation and artificial intelligence for the network to support with high-performance any demands placed on it.”
Zhiqiang Yang, Vice President of China Mobile Research Institute, added: “China Mobile Research Institute and Nokia share the goal of driving new levels of openness in network architecture.
“By optimizing multi-vendor network interworking we will be able to access network intelligence and use end-to-end data analytics and machine learning to support the delivery of innovative new consumer and industry services in the 5G world.”