Nokia demos Local 5G at revamped Tokyo lab

Nokia has unveiled its revamped Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Tokyo, to test and demonstrate Nokia’s end-to-end portfolio of Local 5G equipment, software and services. 

The centre will now allow enterprises, communications service providers (CSPs), and infrastructure providers to closely learn and understand the vast potential of Local 5G technology in unlocking new values and better serving their customers. 

The ATC will also offer Lab-as-a-Service (LaaS), ensuring easy access to the state-of-the-art infrastructure and testing services and validation of devices, applications, and solutions.

Nokia has acquired a Local 5G radio license from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, which allows it to demonstrate Local 5G in the Tokyo, Roppongi office. The ATC will help Nokia provide technical training for faster customer deployment.

The centre will enable Nokia’s customers and partners to jointly develop solutions, demonstrate use cases, and conduct research innovation to test various applications using actual equipment and simulate the real usage environment to help them discover how the technology will perform in a real-world scenario. The LaaS will help enterprises and CSPs accelerate the time to market new products and services.

Nokia plans to further expand the Local 5G network to the workplace floor of the Roppongi office and create an environment where all employees can use the Local 5G network at the office.

The upgraded centre will leverage Nokia’s end-to-end 5G products to enable Local 5G demonstrations, integration testing and interconnection testing with third-party application partners in the vertical segment.

Nokia’s AirScale Radio and private wireless solutions including Nokia Digital Automation Cloud and industrial-grade private wireless core Compact Mobility Unit are used to enable local 5G coverage around the ATC. 

Also, Nokia’s Fastmile 5G Gateway Japanese model will provide 5G Wi-Fi coverage for the Wi-Fi devices and Nokia’s IP networks will also be used to provide high-speed connections between the Radio, Core and Edge nodes within the ATC.

“Nokia’s Lab-as-a-Service will allow (CSPs) to quickly launch innovative services and products by being able to validate them for real-world reliability and performance,” said John Lancaster-Lennox, president and representative director of Nokia Japan.

“The centre allows our customers to experience the potential of Local 5G in the real-world environment,” said Lancaster-Lennox. “In addition, it enables us to train our professionals in a simulated real-world environment and to quickly resolve any deployment issue.”