Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) and China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) are to further their cooperation on research and standardisation of advanced mobile broadband technologies in LTE, as well as in 5G.
The agreement to further cooperation between NSN and CMRI, the research and development branch of China Mobile, follows the expansion of their memorandum of understanding (MoU), originally signed in 2010. The MoU reflects their vision of 2020 and outlines key focus areas for future mobile networks.
NSN observed that as devices become more sophisticated, new applications evolve, and more data is required at higher speeds, the global demand for mobile broadband will continue to grow exponentially in the next decade.
To meet this challenge, NSN and CMRI are again joining forces to develop innovative technologies. These will help mobile operators provide an unmatched personal gigabyte experience.
The parties have agreed to enhance joint research, standardisation and prototype development activities in advanced technologies such as 5G, LTE deployment optimisation, cloud-based radio access network (C-RAN), the innovative “Nanocell” concept for next-generation small cell deployments, coexistence of 2G/4G and core virtualisation.
“Significant reduction of the unit cost of bandwidth is the key to success of future mobile networks,” said Bill Huang, General Manager of CMRI. “The alignment of NSN’s and CMRI’s technology vision on the future mobile networks is an important foundation for our long-term successful partnership. We are delighted to expand our MoU with NSN, the world’s specialist in mobile broadband, to keep pushing the limits of technology, shape the telco industry and explore new ways of helping operators reduce operational costs.”
“China Mobile Research Institute has paved the way for industry innovation in various aspects including TD-LTE, cloud-based RAN, IPv6 and packet networks. Since the outset, NSN and CMRI have consistently expanded and reinforced their collaboration to focus on leading research activities and to drive innovation and development of 4G technology and beyond,” said Markus Borchert, president of NSN Greater China.
“We are proud of our long-term commitment to China, especially in the area of TD technology development, and specifically TD-LTE. Our leading global position in LTE, built on our strong technological capabilities and combined with our local service resources, makes us a strong partner for operators in China and globally,” added Borchert.
NSN and CMRI have successfully driven cooperative research on TD technologies and standards. During the past three years, the parties jointly supported TD-LTE global market development, defined the innovative “Nanocell” concept for next-generation small cell deployments, and researched cloud-based RAN extensively. The two parties are now further building their research on these proven technologies.