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Nokia’s bid to lead in 5G, IoT and the Cloud

It also aims to build a ‘strong’ standalone software business and create new business and licensing opportunities in the consumer ecosystem

Suri: Nokia wants to create a "global nervous system" by connecting people and things
Suri: Nokia wants to create a "global nervous system" by connecting people and things

Nokia is broadening its footprint into the software, utilities and transport markets

Nokia comes to MWC17 with a bigger and fully "end-to-end" portfolio, says Suri

Nokia will use Mobile World Congress (MWC) which opens today in Barcelona to outline how the rapid execution of its new strategy aims to deliver industry-leading innovation for communication service providers in network speed, agility and efficiency.


It will also demonstrate the broadening of the company’s footprint in fast-growing areas including software and the utilities and transport markets.


It is launching a number of solutions covering 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), software and cloud that underscore the breadth and strength of a product portfolio bolstered by the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent in 2016.


"Nokia comes to Mobile World Congress this year with a bigger and fully end-to-end portfolio to sell, and with ground-breaking innovations to share," Nokia president and CEO Rajeev Suri said.


"All of this is underpinned by an organisation squarely focused on the execution of our strategy to lead in high-performance networks with communication service providers, expand to new verticals, build a strong standalone software business and create new business and licensing opportunities in the consumer ecosystem."


Suri added that Nokia wants to connect not only millions of users but interconnect billions of things to create a “global nervous system”.


New products include 5G FIRST, the industry’s first commercial 5G product and comprised of Nokia’s AirScale radio access platform, which helps customers prepare for 5G-ready architectures that cover core, software-defined networking, cloud and more.


Nokia and Intel will collaborate on commercial deployments later in 2017 using the Intel 5G Modem. 5G FIRST cements Nokia’s strong position with communication service providers, helping them transition to new applications that will benefit from the low-latency and high data rates offered by 5G.


Suri announced at the MWC press and analyst event that Nokia had won a three-year contract from Telefonica to boost the performance of its 4G network in London as data demand grows. The deal includes Nokia 4.5G Pro technology, powered by the Nokia AirScale Radio Access portfolio, Nokia Flexi Zone small cells, the Nokia NetAct network management system, Nokia Traffica real-time network analytics and Nokia Global Services.


Visitors to MWC can also find out more about WING, the recently launched worldwide IoT network grid. It is aimed at providing a full-service model offering IoT connectivity across different technologies to manage a client’s IoT connectivity needs and assets, such as connected cars, as they move around the globe.


It follows the launch of a new wireless router to bring electricity distribution networks into the IoT era and help utilities reliably and securely connect and manage the proliferation of field devices as more smart power grids are deployed.


These efforts show how Nokia is expanding into vertical markets like energy, transportation, public safety and Webscales (big Internet companies). Furthering the momentum in the vertical space, Suri also cited a contract win with Infraestruturas de Portugal to provide a mission-critical communications network to the country’s national railway infrastructure operator; a high-speed fibre optic network win with Xiaomi; and a demonstration with Qualcomm and GE of a private LTE network for the Industrial Internet of Things market.


At MWC, Nokia will demonstrate the recently acquired Deepfield analytics technology, which further bolsters its software offering to communication service providers, cable operators, cloud, Webscales and technological extra-large enterprises.


Using automation, Deepfield technology can identify and track around 30,000 popular cloud applications and services to help networks quickly adapt to changes in application demand and traffic patterns.


Nokia will also debut its expanded portfolio of consumer digital health products and solutions. The award-winning Withings ecosystem of connected health products will launch under the Nokia brand in early summer 2017, including connected scales, trackers, blood pressure monitors, thermometers and home cameras.


It will also unveil a redesigned Health Mate application, the centre point of the digital health ecosystem, which collects data from scales, trackers and other connected devices in one place to provide a 360-degree view of health. And it will roll out the company’s HIPAA-compliant Patient Care Platform designed to transform the relationship between patients and healthcare professionals. The new platform will give doctors and care teams the power to remotely monitor patients with their smart devices.


Nokia can be found at the Nokia Experience Centre in Hall 3, stand 3A10. The demonstrations include several related to 5G, some involving racecars and robots. Nokia and China Mobile, the world’s biggest mobile operator by subscribers, will have a joint demo of tele-health services and show how 5G products and services can be integrated in different vertical industries.



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