Nokia has announced that it is partnering with Wipro to jointly develop 5G use cases at its Bengaluru R&D center in order to help operators maximize their investments in 5G. The collaboration will explore technical and operational feasibility of use cases, such as AR/VR-based immersive learning experience, as well as drone-based applications for agriculture, public safety energy and utilities, using real-time network analytics, lifecycle operation management and edge computing. Several enterprise use cases, tested by Wipro in a live 5G network at Nokia’s Bengaluru lab, are being showcased at India Mobile Congress 2019.
As part of the partnership, Nokia will provide a live 5G end-to-end system, including radio, core and devices in its lab, its NFVI-based secured edge cloud for low-latency use cases, and IoT Impact platform based device management to host and manage the lifecycle to support 5G use cases in different industry verticals. Wipro will integrate its application solutions for 5G use cases that include software solutions and user devices along with key system integration and delivery capabilities.
Nokia and Wipro have already conducted lab tests of two use cases – drone-based transmission line monitoring within the utilities domain and in immersive entertainment experiences 5G for large scale events, such as sports championships, aimed at enhancing the user experience. These use cases will be further developed and validated, along with other new use cases that can be rapidly executed for field trials for mass adoption, once 5G spectrum is available. The Indian Government plans to conduct 5G spectrum auctions by the end of this year.
Nokia is actively involved in 5G standardization work to develop future 5G technologies, and engaged with leading telecommunication operators, application providers and governments to build the 5G ecosystem. Similarly, Nokia’s work with Wipro aims to develop the 5G ecosystem in India.
K R Sanjiv, Chief technology Officer, Wipro, said, “We are thrilled to be an open-innovation partner to Nokia to work on innovative and creative 5G use cases. With Nokia’s expertise and leadership in 5G, we are confident that we will create more useful 5G use cases in the future, which will help the operators in rapid adoption of the technology and faster realization of their 5G investment.”
Randeep Raina, Chief technology Officer at Nokia India, said, “Globally, Nokia is at the forefront of developing the 5G ecosystem. Our state-of-the-art Bengaluru R&D center is working with several partners to do just this, and we are committed to supporting Indian operators in their 5G journey. Our work with Wipro is a crucial step in this direction. The initiative also supports the Indian Government’s plans to fast-track the development of use cases that will be socially beneficial and unique to India.”