Nokia, NTT DoCoMo plan 5G showcase at 2020 Olympic Games

BARCELONA, Spain--Nokia and Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo are demonstrating jointly developed technology here that will form the foundation of new 5G networks the duo plan to showcase at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

NTT and Nokia said they achieved super fast transmission speeds of higher than 2 Gbps in an indoor trial using Nokia technology operating in the 70 GHz spectrum band. In contrast, 4G networks can provide downloads of up to 300 Mbps.

Nokia now wants to be the world's enabler of high capacity networks and software for the world's smartphones and other mobile devices."We see technology evolving to a point where nearly all people and billions upon billions of devices are connected, and where software holds all those connections together," Nokia's CEO Rajeev Suri said.

The company's focus is to develop technology which makes it possible to improve traffic safety, health care and agricultural output by the use of connectivity, sensors and analytical tools where machines can communicate with each other via the Internet.

"This development underscores (DoCoMo's) readiness to deliver a state-of-the-art 5G network in 2020 and beyond," the companies said in a joint statement.

DoCoMo is Japan's largest mobile operator. Nokia is the world's third biggest telecom equipment maker. 

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