In association with StarHub, Nokia have completed the first outdoor pilot of 5G New Radio on a 3.5GHz band in Singapore.
Nokia Corporation and StarHub have completed the first outdoor pilot of 5G New Radio on the 3.5GHz frequency band in Singapore. Reportedly, the companies demonstrated industrial and consumer applications to staff, industry partners and enterprise customers over ‘live’ Nokia 5G cells and core network technology at StarHub’s headquarters in Singapore.
One of the industrial applications replicated a manufacturing environment, featuring how businesses can use 5G-enabled video analytics to enhance efficiency and minimize production errors. Another demonstration displayed how sports fans can turn to virtual reality headsets to enjoy ‘live’ events virtually lag-free over 5G.
Focus on delivering advanced mobile broadband services
Tommi Uitto, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia, stated, “Nokia is able to offer customers such as StarHub a pre-integrated and ultra-optimized network using its 5G Future X end-to-end architecture to accelerate the launch of 5G. Leveraging this technology, customers such as StarHub can achieve greater operational efficiencies and higher performance as they begin to deliver enhanced mobile broadband services.”
The over-the-air pilot with third-party devices showcased the capabilities of a 5G non-standalone network architecture (Nokia 5G radio technology interworking with StarHub’s 4G core network) to deliver the speeds, capacity, and latency required to enable enhanced mobile broadband services. Nokia deployed AirScale Radio Access technology with 5G New Radio 3GPP-compliant software and the Nokia AirFrame data center solution, leveraging its services expertise to optimize deployment.
Chong Siew Loong, Chief Technology Officer of StarHub, stated, “As 5G inches closer, we are intensifying trials to identify new business opportunities and chart our network transformation roadmap to meet the demands of our customers. This successful pilot with Nokia showcases the readiness and possibilities of 5G to enhance consumer services and boost efficiencies for enterprises. It aligns with StarHub’s goal to support and accelerate Smart Nation initiatives in Singapore.”
All about the pilot network
- Nokia AirScale Radio Access network with 5G New Radio 3GPP-compliant software operating on the 3.5GHz frequency band
- Third party virtual reality user equipment
- Nokia AirFrame data center solution
- Nokia Massive MIMO with beamforming
- Nokia Services including project and technical management and installation services.