Nokia, Tencent sign agreement to accelerate 5G research & apps

At the Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Nokia & Tencent, one of China’s leading providers of Internet services, have signed an agreement to carry out joint research & development work to explore the potential of 5G for the provision of new applications, including those for a variety of vertical markets.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the companies at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, the 2 companies will establish an end-to-end 5G test environment in Shenzhen. With 1.04 billion combined monthly active user accounts of its WeChat & QQ social media applications, Tencent aims to leverage the massive connectivity, increased speeds, capacity & reliability and lower latency enabled by 5G to enhance these services, said a press statement.

Going forward, Nokia & Tencent will leverage the Artificial Intelligence and automation management capabilities enabled by 5G to promote international standards & an open-source ecosystem to expand the development of new services. The companies will conduct 5G applications research using technologies such as Edge Computing to benefit a number of vertical markets, including transportation, finance, energy, intelligent manufacturing & entertainment. This will potentially open up the widespread introduction of applications such as Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) & enhance the delivery of services such as Cloud-based gaming & entertainment.

Key elements of the agreement:

  • Establishes a joint laboratory¬† equipped with leading 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.
  • Leverages the capabilities of an end-to-end 5G testing environment. Nokia and Tencent will conduct verification on service key performance indicators and develop new 5G and IoT use cases.