With the release of commercial 5G access still around three years out, depending on when in 2020 it actually hits, it's no surprise to see major telecom firms firing up the latest in next generation communications capability on this front. Recently, Nokia and Orange (News - Alert) got together on just such a development, building a new slate of services geared toward bringing out the best in 5G before it even goes live.
We all know the value of 5G on next generation communications; it will likely prove the backbone of an array of different services. Improved speeds, greater bandwidth, better latency, and of course some new network abilities like the practice of network slicing are all set to be on hand with the arrival of 5G, as well as a potential end to the issue of rural connectivity. Throw in the necessary capacity needed to support such next generation communications sub-fields as the Internet of Things (IoT) and the end result is a powerful new tool for any business that needs Internet connectivity, which, these days, is most of them.
Enter Nokia (News - Alert) and Orange, who are putting together their best efforts to produce a slate of new services to take advantage of these massive new pipes, so to speak, going in. Using Nokia's Flexi Base Station, AirFrame data center and AirScale radio systems as a base, among other components, the end result will help produce not only new applications in IoT and network slicing, but also in energy efficiency technologies—smart meters and potentially even smart city technologies will be on the list—as well as cloud-based radio access networks (RANs) and multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) systems.
That's a fine start overall, and the farther along the co-production work goes, the more likely we'll see completely new technologies emerge therein. Starting development now helps ensure that Nokia will have a line of powerful new materials ready to go when 5G is; there's really no risk of being behind the eight ball here because there is no 5G to release systems for as yet and won't be for the next few years. As long as Nokia and Orange can have these ready by launch, they will have their chunk of the market waiting.
Foresight in development is a great trait to have, and Nokia is demonstrating absolutely staggering foresight with its Orange co-development work. It will no doubt be exciting to see just what comes of this collaborative effort.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi