Finnish vendor Nokia and South Korea’s KT Corp have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which they will collaborate and trial various 5G technologies, including NFV and network slicing. Announcing the deal in a press release, Nokia noted that the work undertaken will include Service Orchestration and Assurance for the 5G era, ‘with the aim of delivering end-to-end automation and new revenue opportunities’.
It is understood that the trials are planned to take place in Seoul later this year, using Nokia’s complete portfolio of software applications and services, and with KT testing an end-to-end network service platform in the country for network slicing. Further, leveraging KT’s proprietary OPERA 5G end-to-end orchestrator platform and Nokia’s Cloudband Management Orchestration software suite, the pair will work toward a Proof of Concept (PoC) to automate interworking and 5G; this PoC will evaluate hosting, orchestrating, automating, and managing KT’s 5G virtual network functions environment.
Commenting on the MoU, Hongbeom Jeon, KT’s chief technology officer, said: ‘We are excited to partner with Nokia to conduct these path-breaking trials. Virtualisation and network slicing will allow us to offer new and innovative services, such as connected cars, virtual reality, IoT use cases and smart factory, while helping us to bring down our operational costs. This collaboration will ensure that we are able to leverage Nokia’s proven solutions and best-in-class professional services to provide a superior and differentiated experience to our subscribers.’