Nokia rolls out 5G Open Lab to push private wireless networks in S Korea

Nokia has launched a Private 5G Open Lab as part of its existing Advanced Technology Center at its Seoul offices to showcase its technology and encourage the development of 5G private wireless networks in South Korea. 

The Lab will support local enterprises, communications service providers (CSPs) and partners in leveraging 5G private wireless networks to acquire new capabilities and operational efficiencies. 

Also, the Lab will offer training to partners and demonstrations for customers. Nokia will partner with local companies developing solutions and services for 5G private wireless networks.

The Lab is equipped with Nokia’s 5G private wireless network solution, including its radio, core and service platform. Nokia’s latest AirScale portfolio, Modular Private Wireless and FastMile 5G Gateways are set up in the Lab. 

Nokia Digital Automation Cloud and MX Industrial Edge will also be added and cross-connected with the existing equipment by the third quarter of the year.

Nokia’s Lab will contribute to building a vibrant 5G private wireless network ecosystem that will enable end-users to benefit from several industrial-grade private wireless use cases, including Industry 4.0, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence-based surveillance.

The Lab allows local companies to test their solutions and services, including interoperability tests, for 5G private wireless networks. Nokia will be able to provide a verified private 5G service platform from diverse global use cases for testing purposes to local customers and local industrial players.

Kevin Ahn, head of Nokia in South Korea, said the Lab will allow them to showcase their field-proven products and solutions as well as to accelerate the local industry by allowing domestic players to test their 5G private wireless network solutions, across radio, core and diverse user equipments. 

“The Lab reiterates our commitment to an open ecosystem to encourage the development of diverse 5G private wireless network solutions,” Ahn. “The 5G private wireless network sector will also benefit from our learnings and experiences of building 5G private networks in other regions.”