Nokia & China Mobile collaborate on 5G and AI; Nokia & Tencent on 5G in China

Nokia and China Mobile Collaboration Summary:

Nokia and China Mobile have signed an agreement (MoU) to investigate the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to optimize future wireless networks and enable the delivery of new edge cloud computing and “5G” services.

As part of the collaboration, the two companies will jointly establish a research laboratory in Hangzhou, China to develop a demo system to verify technology use cases using Nokia’s 5G Future X architecture.   Meanwhile, China Mobile will lead the research of scenario selections, requirements confirmation, open API specifications and solution definition. Nokia and China Mobile will also conduct technology field trials and demonstrations.

The companies’ will also work together to research applications for AI and machine learning.  The objective is to ensure any changes in data traffic demand are predicted and network resources are automatically allocated to meet all service demands with consistent high quality and reliability.

The collaboration is intended to foster an open RAN and 5G ecosystem as Nokia and China Mobile work with third parties to leverage AI and machine learning. A goal is to optimize next generation wireless networks for the delivery of high bandwidth, low latency services such as cloud virtual reality based gaming.  The companies’ research will leverage Nokia AirScale Cloud RAN, AirFrame OpenRack, open edge server and ReefShark chipsets, as well as Nokia-developed AI middleware to access embedded intelligence.

China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) deputy general manager Yuhong Huang said the wireless telco giant has been paying attention to the application of artificial intelligence for a long time, and is working to build an open and collaborative 5G+AI ecosystem.

“With the signing of this MoU, we are pleased to initiate the collaboration on the research of big data and machine learning technologies applying to 5G RAN network. [We will also] make joint effort in the O-RAN alliance which was kicked off recently to enhance the intelligence of 5G networks, reduce the complexity, and explore the new capabilities of the network,” Huang said.

“The use of AI and machine learning will enable myriad new services opportunities and we are pleased to leverage the capabilities of our 5G Future X architecture to support China Mobile’s AI research to optimize future networks and the delivery of many innovative new services,” said Marc Rouanne, Nokia’s President of Mobile Networks.

Teaming with Tencent to explore 5G initiatives in China

In a separate announcement, Nokia said it has struck a partnership with Chinese internet giant Tencent to jointly conduct R&D work to explore the potential of 5G that “will benefits billions of internet users in China.”

The two companies will establish a joint lab in Shenzhen that provides an end-to-end 5G test environment leveraging 5G technologies, products and solutions, including centralized and decentralized split architecture using Nokia Airscale Radio Access Network, 5G Core, MEC framework and third party devices.

Nokia and Tencent will conduct verification on service key performance indicators and develop new 5G and IoT use cases.   Those two companies will also leverage the AI and automation management capabilities to promote international standards (which one’s were not specified), and to foster an open-source ecosystem that will expand the development of new services.

The pair will also be conducting 5G applications research by making use of technologies like edge computing, which will be of great advantage for a number of vertical markets, including transportation, finance, energy, intelligent manufacturing and entertainment.

This will potentially open up the widespread introduction of applications such as cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communications and enhance the delivery of services such as cloud-based gaming and entertainment, the companies said.


4 thoughts on “Nokia & China Mobile collaborate on 5G and AI; Nokia & Tencent on 5G in China

  1. China Mobile presented a keynote talk at today’s IEEE 5G World Forum. The speaker referenced the Open RAN Alliance which was announced this past February at MWC in Barcelona and was progressed at MWC Shanghai this past June

  2. July 11, 2018 Update: China Mobile hands Nokia a $1.17b contract

    Nokia has signed a $1.17 billion deal to provide China Mobile with a range of telecommunications gear and operational support.

    In the one-year deal, Nokia will continue to provide China Mobile with mobile, fixed, IP routing, optical routing and customer experience management technologies. While Nokia and China Mobile have a long-standing relationship, the new agreement was signed at the recent Sino-German Economic Forum.

    Last week, Nokia announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China Mobile to create a new lab in Hangzhou, China to research radio resource management and traffic prediction using AI and machine learning in a 5G radio access network.

    Today’s announcement mentioned the MoU for AI and machine learning research and also said the two companies would work to together to identify new products and services for vertical markets.

    China Mobile is gearing up for the launch of its 5G services next year by conducting trials across major cities in China this year. China Mobile has also worked with Huawei Technologies and Intel on its 5G-compatible systems. China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile operator with more than 902 million subscribers.

  3. If Nokia is doing work related to AI, then it will be the most advanced version its wireless networking equipment. AI is changing the way we use all types of technology, starting with voice recognition and understanding from Amazon, Google, Apple, Samsung and other companies (Microsoft seems to be way behind). AI has huge potential for many 5G interactive applications.

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