Through the collaboration, the partners intend to develop new services and applications enabled by the capabilities of the advanced mobile network technology of Nokia
Nokia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Vodafone New Zealand to explore the potential of 5G-Advanced and 6G networks to expedite network innovation.
The partnership aims to develop new services and applications enabled by the capabilities of the advanced mobile network technology of Nokia. It will be focussed on building new use cases for enterprise, industry, and consumer.
Nokia mobile networks president Tommi Uitto said: “Nokia has a proud 30 year history of bringing the world’s best mobile technology to New Zealand with Vodafone, most recently helping Vodafone deliver a world class 5G network.
“This collaboration will pave the way forward to 5G-Advanced and ultimately 6G. New Zealand has a thriving and dynamic telecommunications environment, which provides a perfect backdrop to pioneer innovation – innovation that will enable incredible advances in connectivity, services and the associated digital transformation.”
Nokia claimed that its partnership will place New Zealand at the forefront of global advances in terms of network technology.
Through joint resource investment with Vodafone New Zealand in demos, field trials, and technology validation, Nokia will seek to develop commercial opportunities in areas ranging from private networks and network slicing to artificial intelligence, machine learning, industrial automation, Edge compute and 6G enabled future.
Vodafone New Zealand wholesale and infrastructure director Tony Baird said: “We have invested extensively in our 4G and 5G networks with Nokia and the innovation collaboration announced today is an awesome next step.
“A relentless focus on innovation – and bringing leading technology and expertise to Aotearoa – is how we help Kiwi businesses, industry and people realise the huge potential of advanced mobile networks in the short term, while putting us firmly on the path towards a 6G future in the longer term.”