Three Ireland has signed a five-year contract with Nokia that will see the Finland-based vendor upgrade and manage the mobile operator's network.
Don't look now, but those drones may soon be carrying phones. Nokia is requesting a Special Temporary Authority (STA) from the FCC to conduct tests using three commercial smartphones attached to a drone. The company wants to do the tests at the Kansas City Speedway in Kansas for a three-month period starting next month.
Nokia garnered a mixed response from financial analysts after announcing a 9 per cent drop in net sales year-on-year in the opening quarter based on a comparison of combined figures with Alcatel-Lucent.
After satellite players O3b Networks and ViaSat submitted studies to the FCC, AT&T Services, Nokia, Samsung Electronics America, T-Mobile USA and Verizon responded in kind, submitting results of a detailed but preliminary simulation conducted by Nokia to assess potential interference between terrestrial 5G services and fixed satellite services (FSS) systems sharing the 28 GHz band.
Nokia's first-quarter earnings fell short of expectations due partly to decreased demand for its network gear, and the company said slowing sales in China will weigh down revenues during the rest of the year.
It's not just the giant Tier 1 carriers that are pursuing 5G tests and trials. Nokia submitted an application for a special temporary authority (STA) to demonstrate prototype 5G equipment to one of its customers located in Ridgeland, Mississippi, where C Spire is based.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure revealed this week that the carrier will leverage the COPA America soccer tournament in June to demonstrate 5G capabilities with the help of Nokia and Ericsson, and it looks like those demos could be conducted in Philadelphia and Santa Clara, Calif.
Just a few months after closing its merger with Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia announced it will spend roughly $191 million to purchase Withings, a French startup founded in 2008 that makes activity trackers, weighing scales, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, home and baby monitors and other health-related gadgets and services. Nokia said it would add the company to its Nokia Technologies division, which also houses the company's patent-licensing business as well as its new virtual reality camera-making effort.
The MulteFire Alliance is getting even more traction with the addition of Japan's SoftBank Corp. as a new member.
Nokia is trying to answer the call for open, non-proprietary software-driven solutions, combining Alcatel-Lucent's expertise with Nokia's, and by extension, making it easier for service providers to launch new services faster.