Nokia and Brazil’s Telecommunications Research and Development Centre will work together on solutions including those that focus on fixed wireless access smart cities and Industry 4.0 applications.
Brazilian government research body, the Telecommunications Research and Development Centre (CPQD), has teamed with Nokia to co-develop open radio access network (O-Ran) solutions for 5G edge applications such as smart cities and fixed wireless access.
The collaboration will focus on 5G use cases in cooperation with Nokia’s Brazilian mobile operator customers including smart cities, fixed wireless access (FWA), IoT for Industry 4.0 and critical networks, which will be customised specifically for the Brazilian market.
“This is an important collaboration that will help to shape the future of 5G networks in Brazil,” said Frederico Nava, director of solutions and consulting at CPQD.
“We look forward to a fruitful and successful partnership with Nokia and look forward to introducing a range of innovative 5G-based use cases to the market.”
Leveraging Nokia’s service enablement platform (SEP), which combines the capabilities of the near-real time RAN intelligent controller (RIC) and multi-access edge computing (MEC), the collaboration is designed to create innovative use cases at the network edge.
These use cases utilise Nokia’s optimised AirFrame open edge server solution and will allow CPQD to explore the potential of 5G to deliver an “enhanced network performance with lower energy consumption, greater reliability and security”, Nokia reports.
“This important partnership will explore the potential for innovative 5G use cases that will have real-world value in Brazil across a range of different areas, such as smart cities”
The RIC is a virtualised 5G optimisation technology that adds programmability to the RAN and enables artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) as well as new services. It provides a framework for deploying applications from multiple sources. The near-real time RIC platform provides functions and interfaces that boost optimisation, automation and faster, more flexible service deployments.
“This important partnership will explore the potential for innovative 5G use cases that will have real-world value in Brazil across a range of different areas, such as smart cities and fixed wireless access,” added Ari Kynäslahti, head of technology and strategy at Nokia Mobile Networks.
“Our RAN intelligent controller will play a critical role in this research, helping to explore and trial new cutting-edge use cases that will put Brazil at the forefront in the 5G era.”
Founded in 1976, CPQD is one of Brazil’s largest independent research and development institutions in the field of information technologies. Its mission is to enhance Brazil’s technology-related competitiveness as well as improve the digital inclusion of society.
It is the first research centre in Latin America to work on applications for the RIC platform.
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