Finland-based telecommunications provider Nokia on Tuesday announced the global commercial availability of new 5G SA industrial-grade private networking solutions aimed at fulfilling the needs of industrial and manufacturing customers.
In a press release, Nokia touts the introduction of its 5G SA, which it calls the most comprehensive end-to-end portfolio of high-performance 4.9/LTE and 5G private networking solutions in the marketplace.
“With the introduction of 5G SA, we set a new standard for our enterprise customers with a world-class lineup of private wireless solutions to meet their digitalization needs, no matter their entry point or connectivity requirements,” said Nokia Enterprise President Raghav Sahgal, in a statement.
“Private wireless connectivity is central to our customers realizing their long-term digital transformation goals,” Sahgal said. “By delivering 5G SA, we’re paving the way to accelerate digitalization in the most demanding of use cases such as automotive manufacturing, where cloud, robotics and autonomous machine operations create mission-critical demands for reliable low latency and high data rate.”
Nokia has been delivering trials with customers and mobile operators since the early part of this year and no whas more than 180 private wireless enterprise customers worldwide of which more than 30 engagement are 5G.
According to Nokia, enterprise customers now have the choice of deploying Nokia Digital Automation Cloud – a compact, plug-and-play system with automation enablers – or customizing their network according to their needs with Nokia Modular Private Wireless.
The new solution brings the best of both worlds of 4.9G/LTE — which handles more than 85% of industrial applications — and 5G, which will be part of the wireless ecosystem evolution, Sahgal said.
“We are offering customers the choice to start with 4.9G/LTE, and evolve to 5G as the ecosystem matures, or alternatively, to go ‘direct to 5G’ – validating the technology and driving OEM and industrial asset vendors to develop a thriving 5G ecosystem,” Sahgal said.