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SoftBank selects Nokia for standalone 5G Core

Date: 2020-12-10
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SoftBank Corp (SoftBank) has selected Nokia’s cloud-native, 5G Core software to enable the launch of SoftBank’s standalone 5G services.

SoftBank selects Nokia for standalone 5G Core

The new Nokia 5G Core will help support new consumer and enterprise use cases, such as VR/AR/MR, fixed wireless access, video surveillance and analytics, cloud robotics and connected vehicles with a standalone 5G Core in global markets.  

“We are pleased to be expanding our relationship with Nokia as we enable fast and reliable 5G service for our subscribers. This 5G core solution will catapult us into the next phase of our 5G transition,” said Keiichi Makizono, senior vice president, CIO of SoftBank.

Leveraging Nokia’s open 5G Core architecture, operators have the flexibility to respond to market demands while controlling costs at a time of growing network complexity. Also as its developed around cloud-native and DevOps principals, Nokia’s 5G Core will automate the lifecycle management of SoftBank’s networks, as well as enable continuous software delivery and integration.

“Nokia 5G Core’s near-zero-touch automation capabilities, high-level operational efficiencies, scale and performance will help SoftBank deliver advanced services and experience, and boost network reliability. This is a tremendous way to be expanding Nokia’s longstanding relationship with SoftBank,” added John Lancaster-Lennox, head of market unit Japan, Nokia.

In addition, from Nokia’s Cloud Packet Core portfolio, SoftBank will deploy the Cloud Mobility Manager and Cloud Mobile Gateway products to support massive scale, performance and reliability required for its 5G services. s

Additionally, Nokia products like Subscriber Data Management with Shared Data Layer, and a cloud-native database accessible via industry standard protocols will enable an open ecosystem and the integration of third-party applications.

In related news, Swedish cloud computing services provider Sinch has a new shareholder after Softbank took a 10.1% stake in the company.

Purchased through SB Management, Softbank’s stake equates to 6,400,000 shares, with some purchased from existing shareholders and “several co-founders”.

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