Nokia to offer 5G Acceleration Services

Services to help operators prepare business and networks to get most from 5G

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Nokia to offer 5G Acceleration Services Nokia's 5G Acceleration Services will help operators to develop new business opportunities, says Leprince.
By  Mark Sutton Published  September 6, 2016

Nokia will launch a set of services to help telecoms operators to get the most from 5G technology.

The Nokia 5G Acceleration Services are intended to help operators to develop a plan for their business, network and operational transformation and help them address the diverse possibilities of the 5G programmable technology.

Andy Hicks, research director, IDC's EMEA Telecommunications group said: "5G isn't just '4G 2.0.' For one thing, this time the use cases are developing ahead of the technical standard. That's healthy for the industry, but will also require networks to support myriad performance profiles fairly rapidly. Operators thus have to make sure that their 5G evolution plans incorporate both upgrades to their networks and advancements in their operational capabilities. If they can start to monetize new use cases while still migrating toward 5G, so much the better."

Nokia 5G Acceleration Services will assist operators in translating their 5G vision into a tailored transformation plan. Nokia will collaborate with operators to prepare and design the unique evolution of multi-vendor networks, providing a comprehensive technology and business analysis of an operator's current situation as well as guidance on the steps they should take to transform their operations. By defining the pace of investment and introduction of new technologies operators will be able to capitalize on the opportunities and deliver at the optimal time.

Nokia 5G Acceleration Services will comprise a modular set of offerings for operators including business case analysis with customer workshops, spectrum assessment and optimised planning for network investment; planning for network architecture impact and network evolution, with regard to business objectives; and building capabilities in the network and organisation to become 5G-ready.

Igor Leprince, head of Global Services at Nokia, said: "Operators can already begin to plan their path to 5G, building the foundation of the programmable world with cloud-based technologies. Working in a consultative mode Nokia 5G Acceleration Services can minimize the complexity of this transformation, creating a plan that will allow operators to migrate optimally to 5G to capitalize on new business opportunities. We are already working with our customers on 5G co-development agreements, and by leveraging our transformation services and Bell Labs Consulting expertise we can help operators build a solid business case for their 5G transformation."

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