Nokia and Vodacom collaborate to shape the future of 5G in South Africa

Wednesday, Nov 08, 2017

Nokia, the Finnish telecom gear maker and Vodacom, a South African mobile communications company, have come together to shape the future of 5G in South Africa. An MoU has been signed under which the companies will trial Nokia 5G technology to accelerate the launch of the new technology and enable Vodacom to drive digitalization for the benefit of South Africa.

Initially the companies will focus on the delivery of Ultra-HD and virtual reality video services, leveraging the enhanced mobile broadband and ultra-low latency capabilities of 5G, which Nokia's 5G portfolio will allow.

"The adoption of 5G will help us to deliver against some of the digital technologies in areas such as big data analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, Internet of Things and faster internet speeds to our almost 70 million customers," said Andries Delport, Vodacom Group Chief Technology Officer.

Nokia will share its latest 5G innovations including massive MIMO Adaptive Antennas, AirScale Radio Access, AirGile Cloud-native Core, Multi-Access Edge Computing, and end-to-end Mobile Anyhaul transport networks to test how they can be used to meet ever-changing demand in the country.

"Working with Vodacom, we can help it identify how 5G can support growth in the country and the steps it should take in its own transition to best meet individual subscriber and enterprise needs," said Rajen Naidoo, head of Vodacom South Africa Cutomer Team at Nokia.

The two will also collaborate to understand how 5G can drive continued economic growth in vertical industries important to South Africa including manufacturing, mining, healthcare, media, energy and transportation.

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