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.
Nokia and Accenture have formed a new group with an eye on helping service providers and enterprises migrate to SDN and other digital technologies.
Turk Telekom, which has only just launched LTE Advanced services in Turkey, is already looking ahead to the next generation of mobile technology and plans to collaborate on the development of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) with Nokia.
Nokia plans to cut thousands of jobs globally including a reported 1,300 positions in its homeland of Finland as part of an effort to save more than $1 billion in the wake of its recent acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.
Nokia announced it is consulting with its two European works councils over staff cuts that form part of its commitment to reduce operating costs by €900 million ($1.02 billion) by 2018 following its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.
AT&T is turning its software-centric attention to its optical networks, announcing during this week's Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) that has joined up with Ciena, Fujitsu, and Nokia to create a Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) for open reconfigurable add drop multiplexers (ROADM) group.