Nokia and T-Mobile’s partnership is one of extensive collaboration.
“Nokia and T-Mobile have been close partners for a very long time. In the case of 5G, we started working together at the very beginning,” explains Timo Naalisvaara, Customer CTO at Nokia. Now in his 30th year at the company, Naalisvaara’s responsibility is to drive strategic direction between the companies.
“Our collaboration ranges from day-to-day business - developing, deploying, and optimising networks - to exploring new industry-shaping technologies, ideas and services,” he explains. “Now, the focus is shifting from building 5G to fully utilising the potential of 5G through innovation for a wide variety of use cases.”
Earlier this year, Nokia refreshed its company brand to reflect its new strategy. As Naalisvaara explains, part of that strategy is focused on the implementation of advanced technologies. “We use cloud-based technologies, in-house developed chipsets, analytics, automation, AI and machine learning to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions and to improve efficiencies. So while, in the traditional sense, we build networks, in a wider sense we utilise new technologies to extract the best value out of those networks.”
For Nokia and for Naalisvaara, the future of the partnership with T-Mobile will explore how 5G networks can be made more consumable across consumers, enterprises, and industries. “As more experiences are provided through AR, VR, and XR, more data is created and quality-of-service requirements get more demanding. All these experiences require that the overall network continues to evolve.”
Recently T-Mobile launched its first ever 5G network slicing beta for developers - to which Nokia has been integral. Similarly, Nokia is working on initiatives such as Network as Code: the company's concept of extreme simplification of network capabilities to make them part of applications for developers.
“In both of these examples, the role of developers as customers utilising the network is very important. We are excited to see where all these new possibilities and opportunities will take us.”
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