NSN expands MoU with CMRI for 4G and 5G

Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) and China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI), the R&D branch of China Mobile have expanded their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), for cooperation on research and standardization of advanced mobile broadband technologies in LTE as well as 5G.

The MoU reflects their vision of 2020 and outlines key focus areas for future mobile networks.

As devices become more sophisticated, new applications evolve, and more data is required at higher speeds, the global demand for mobile broadband will continue to grow exponentially in the next decade. To meet this challenge, NSN and CMRI are again joining forces to develop innovative technologies to help mobile operators provide an unmatched personal gigabyte experience.

The parties agree to enhance joint research, standardization, and prototype development activities in advanced technologies such as 5G, LTE deployment optimization, cloud-based radio access network (C-RAN), the innovative “Nanocell” concept for next-generation small cell deployments, coexistence of 2G/4G and core virtualization.

“Significant reduction of the unit cost of bandwidth is the key to success of future mobile networks,” said Bill Huang, general manager, CMRI.

“The alignment of NSN’s and CMRI’s technology vision on the future mobile networks is an important foundation for our long-term successful partnership. We are delighted to expand our MoU with NSN, the world’s specialist in mobile broadband, to keep pushing the limits of technology, shape the telco industry and explore new ways of helping operators reduce operational costs,” added Huang.

“China Mobile Research Institute has paved the way for industry innovation in various aspects including TD-LTE, cloud-based RAN, IPv6 and packet networks. Since the outset, NSN and CMRI have consistently expanded and reinforced their collaboration to focus on leading research activities and to drive innovation and development of 4G technology and beyond,” said Markus Borchert, president, NSN Greater China.

NSN and CMRI have successfully driven cooperative research on TD technologies and standards. During the past three years, the parties jointly supported TD-LTE global market development, defined the innovative “Nanocell” concept for next-generation small cell deployments, and researched cloud-based RAN extensively. The two parties are further building their research on these proven technologies.

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