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Nokia and Qualcomm complete key tests, widescale 5G deployments expected next year

Nokia and Qualcomm have successfully completed standard-compliant key interoperability tests in the 3.5GHz and 28GHz spectrum, using the Nokia AirScale base station and device prototypes from Qualcomm Technologies.

Following these recent tests, and the agreement in September last year that they would collaborate on 5G new radio (NR), the businesses say that widescale 5G deployments could take place in 2019. This will be timely for commercial network launches in the United States, China, Japan, Korea and Europe.

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Nokia wins five-year managed services deal with Optus

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Nokia and Optus have signed a five-year agreement under which Nokia will manage and maintain key components of Optus' network infrastructure, operations and field maintenance. As part of the contract, Nokia and Optus will develop a Network Operations Centre (NOC), building on global best practices and leveraging local talent to deliver higher performance networks.

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Nokia selected for Telenor optical backbone update

Telenor Group is replacing its legacy optical backbone network across Norway and Sweden and has selected Nokia as sole supplier for the work. The upgrade will involve replacing its current optical core network, which connects major centres across Norway and Sweden. It is designed to provide a much-needed increase in bandwidth capacity throughout the countries.

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Fixed wireless meets optical access in Nokia Wireless PON

There’s a new kid on the access block and it’s a form of fixed wireless called WiGig. Nokia has integrated the new wireless technology into its optical access equipment, to provide operators with another option for delivering gigabit services to the home.

Nokia says it’s the first to include WiGig technology with passive optical network (PON) equipment. Pilots, commercial trials and general product availability are planned for 2018, the company added.

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Nokia combines China businesses into new Shanghai Bell joint venture

Nokia has signed a definitive agreement with China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Center to integrate Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB) and Nokia's China business. The new joint venture will be branded Nokia Shanghai Bell (NSB).

The arrangement is similar to the joint venture that existed between Alcatel-Lucent and China Huaxin, which is a Chinese state-owned investor.

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Nokia (booth 2525) will discuss innovations under the theme ‘Powering Cloud Connectivity’ at OFC 2017. Featuring luminaries from Nokia Bell Labs and the optical industry, Nokia will once again host the popular Shannon Theater, located in the Nokia booth. Running for the duration of the exhibition, the Shannon Theater will feature visionary topics such as capacity crunch and software-defined networking (SDN) in FlexGrid networks, along with customer appearances and case studies.

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Will quantum-resistant encryption be enabled by quantum technology or mathematics? Helmut Griesser examines technologies for the post-quantum world

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The increasing value of optical fibre assets in metropolitan areas is shaping the business models of companies that provide access to them, finds Andy Extance

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As 2017 draws to a close, Scott Wilkinson looks ahead to what’s in store for the optical communications industry in 2018

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An English city with a world-class 5G test-bed is about to make telecommunications history, reports Rebecca Pool