Finland-based equipment manufacturer Nokia today announced that it is collaborating with Hitachi Kokusai Electric on local 5G and private wireless LTE solutions for industrial and government customers in Japan. With the Japanese government scheduled to release 5G spectrum designated for individual companies and local governments (known in Japan as ‘local 5G’) at the end of 2019, the vendor will supply the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud platform which it claims offers ‘secure, reliable and low-latency connectivity’ for applications including ‘video analytics, AI, machine learning and IoT, as well as drones, group communication, and AR/VR’.
The press release goes on to note that under the tie-up, Nokia and Hitachi Kokusai Electric will cooperate ‘to provide an eco-system of solutions to support the deployment of new digital automation services. Hitachi Kokusai Electric will share its expertise as a leader in driving the adoption of private LTE networks for industry use and disaster prevention in Japan. Nokia will lend its private LTE/4.9G and 5G wireless connectivity solutions, which have established a global marketplace footprint across energy, transportation, public sector, manufacturing and logistics’.