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Nokia with CMCC deliver world’s first AI-powered cloud VR experience

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Nokia and CMCC set a new industry benchmark for AI-enabled edge cloud performance in a live 5G network with a successful field trial of VR gaming application.

Nokia announced the first successful field trial of its Cloud RAN architecture on CMCC’s live 5G NSA network. Using the Nokia 5G commercial-ready AirScale base station, Nokia and China Mobile Research Institute successfully trialed a VR gaming application based on an AI-powered cloud RAN edge computing platform. This was the first successful test of the AI-enabled edge cloud for ensuring an extreme 5G user experience and proves the commercial readiness of the Nokia Cloud RAN split CU/DU architecture for 5G networks.

VR Gamers

At the recent tests, Nokia and CMCC successfully completed the cloud RAN field trials with its open RAN CU/DU split architecture. Using the Nokia AirScale base station, the companies also successfully tested the AI machine learning related functions over O-RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) architecture, including the Nokia AI deep learning inference functionality and communication interface for AI model deployment and management. The Nokia ML algorithms were successful at responding to test-induced network contention issues with automatic, accurate and near-real-time response to ensure QoE for live VR gamers. The test proves the commercial readiness of the Nokia cloud RAN technology, which will enable operators to have the capability of radio networks to respond autonomously to application requirements, which is a potential new service mode.

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “As our customers worldwide gear up for 5G, we are ready to support with our end to end 5G portfolio. The CMCC 5G field trials were an important opportunity to test our open Cloud RAN architecture on a live 5G network and demonstrate how our AI-enabled edge cloud performs in extreme real-time use case such as VR. Our partnership with China Mobile proves the commercial readiness of our Cloud RAN solutions across technologies.”