OREANDA-NEWS. Tele2, an alternative mobile operator, and Nokia have signed a memorandum of understanding to accelerate development of 5G mobile networks in Russia. The companies will focus on developing LTE-Advanced and 5G radio access technologies and applications. The parties will work to optimize real-time HD video and drive the network automation.

Progress in 5G development will provide massive capacity and connectivity with almost no latency in order to support billions of connected people, devices and things expected in the future. Enabling this environment expands the possibilities of consumers and businesses.

As a part of the agreement, Tele2 and Nokia are planning to develop MBB networks, which will drive spectrum efficiencies and allow large amounts of data to be delivered efficiently. The companies will also investigate Internet of Things applications in the connected cars, utilities, smart cities, health and home market segments.

The parties will collaborate in developing LTE-Advanced and 5G-ready solutions that will allow Tele2 Russia to evolve its network and prepare for the eventual commercial implementation of 5G networks. This implies testing the high-speed extreme broadband communications networks, using technologies that include:

  • higher order multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antenna systems and multi-component carrier aggregation to optimize existing 4G air interfaces and introduce a new 5G air interface while offering new spectrum efficiencies;
  • evolved multimedia broadcast multicast service (eMBMS) and Edge Video Orchestration for 4G and 5G networks to enable the simultaneous delivery of real- time HD video to increasingly high volumes of people and machines;
  • Dynamic Experience Management (DEM), combining traffic optimization in the radio access network with embedded real-time analytics to provide subscribers with a superior automated service experience based on their network profiles.

Ritvars Krievs, CTO at Tele2:

“We expect 5G to become a mainstream technology by 2021. Working with Nokia, we capitalize on the efficiencies enabled by 5G. We will be able to create IoT services and guarantee excellent quality to our subscribers, thereby differentiating our offer from that by our competitors.”

JP Takala, Vice President, Head of Market Unit at Nokia East Europe:

“With this agreement we are pleased to continue a 13-year relationship with Tele2, with a view to assisting them into the 5G era. Having already launched 5G-ready technologies, we can help operators like Tele2 in Russia evolve their networks smoothly to meet soaring data demand and take early advantage of the new possibilities enabled by 5G and IoT.”