Nokia has been picked by SoftBank Corp as primary partner to deliver its 5G Radio Access Networks (RAN) in Japan. The Finland-based vendor confirmed that it has been selected to drive the MNO’s commercial 5G offering with its Nokia AirScale solution, which it claims will allow the telco to meet growing consumer and industrial demands for 5G. The agreement builds on a long-standing supplier agreement between the two firms which they note covers ‘multiple technologies’.
Nokia’s 5G AirScale supports multiple frequencies, in both distributed and centralised architectures, giving SoftBank increased flexibility in its network evolution. Nokia says that ‘5G investment will benefit consumers by bringing them a 5G enhanced Mobile BroadBand (eMBB) service, with 5G Ultra Reliable Low Latency Connectivity (URLLC) and enhanced Machine Type Communication (eMTC) enabling multiple new applications and services for industries in the 5G era’.