Nokia and Brazil’s CPQD form 5G ORAN partnership

Nokia and Brazil’s CPQD form 5G ORAN partnership

Nokia has partnered with Brazil’s independent Telecommunications Research and Development Center (CPQD) to develop applications and solutions tailored for the Brazilian market.

Developed with Nokia’s local operator partners, the solutions aim to create innovative use cases at the network edge and will focus on areas such as fixed wireless access (FWA), smart cities, IoT for Industry 4.0, and critical networks. They will be based on the Open RAN (O-RAN) compliant near-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC).

The partnership will leverage Nokia’s Service Enablement Platform (SEP), which combines the capabilities of the RIC and multi-access edge computing (MEC).  This will allow CPQD to explore the potential of 5G to deliver an enhanced network performance with lower energy consumption, greater reliability, and security.

The SEP enables innovative use cases at the edge of the RAN. It runs on the edge or far edge data centre and can share infrastructure with Cloud RAN or other virtualized network functions using open API capabilities to enable an agile and dynamic edge cloud environment for secure innovation with ecosystem and third parties.

The RIC is a virtualised 5G optimisation technology that adds programmability to the Radio Access Network (RAN) and enables artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) as well as new services. It provides a framework for deploying applications from multiple sources.

Ari Kynäslahti, Head of Technology and Strategy at Nokia Mobile Networks, commented: “This important partnership will explore the potential for innovative 5G use cases that will have real-world value in Brazil across a range of different areas, such as smart cities and fixed wireless access. Our RAN Intelligent Controller will play a critical role in this research, helping to explore and trial new cutting-edge use cases that will put Brazil at the forefront in the 5G era.”

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