Finnish telecom giant Nokia and Japan's NTT Docomo are partnering for research and standardization of 5g technologies. The companies will jointly work on a 5G proof of concept (PoC) system. The move is based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two companies in January 2014 to research future radio access experimental systems.
Nokia stated that in order to meet the demand for extreme capacity and performance, future 5G networks will need to overcome the challenges that will become relevant for operators, like providing cell-edge rates in excess of 100 mbps and reducing latency by a factor of 10.
"Nokia and NTT Docomo have agreed to collaborate on research and standardization of 5G technologies and to work jointly on a 5G proof of concept (PoC) system," Networks or NSN, the network division of Nokia said in a statement today.
"Expanding our cooperation with NTT Docomo on 5G radio technology is an important step towards defining future mobile networks," said Hossein Moiin, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer of Networks.
According to a press release, the companies will continue to cooperate on the research of future radio access systems and will have an initial focus on exploring the potential of the millimeter wave technology at the 70 GHz spectrum band.
"We chose Nokia as our partner for the 5G research project based on its clear vision as well as its extensive mobile broadband experience and technology leadership," NTT Docomo Chief Technology Officer Seizo Onoe said.