Nokia Networks and du signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) covering 5G development and evolution as they carry out what the companies said is the first demonstration of the technology's potential in the Middle East region.
At its broadest level, the MoU establishes common objectives for the development of 5G technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), and an agreement to test technologies that will pave the way for full 5G networks. The agreement also covers collaboration and consulting for the introduction and testing of Nokia Networks small cells, centralised RAN, multi-vendor SON, the evolution to telco cloud, and HetNets.
In a joint statement, the companies offered a vision of 5G networks that will offer data rates of up to 10 Gbps with extremely low latency. Such networks will offer benefits in the fields of smart cities, manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture and entertainment, the pair explained.
Nokia Networks and du also said they are conducting the first live demonstration of 10 Gbps data rates in the Middle East during the GITEX Technology Week conference and exhibition that is taking place in Dubai through this week.
The 5G radio proof-of-concept is utilising very high bandwidth smart antennas and next generation multi-carrier modulation to deliver the ultra-low latency and high data rates that the pair envision as part of their MoU. The demonstration was developed in conjunction with National Instruments, a U.S.-headquartered provider of automated test equipment.
Saleem Blooshi, EVP of network development and operations at du, said the 5G prototype "is an initial step that will ensure the rapid realisation of our smart city ambitions and reaffirm our commitments to addressing its extensive requirements."
The EVP added that the complexities of developing 5G technology means having access to Nokia Networks "strong portfolio, innovation capabilities and clear roadmap are key to a successful journey."
- read the companies' joint statement
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