Thursday, October, 21, 2021 01:14:21

Nokia and U Mobile have reportedly inked a three-year contract in order to set up a Nokia Single Radio Access Network network, microwave and IP-based mobile transport solutions to allow U Mobile to grow its mobile data services throughout Malaysia. As reported by trusted sources, the companies will also collaborate over a 5G live network trial later this year.

According to a credible market report, the mobile data usage is estimated to double in Malaysia between 2017-2022 to 10.4 GB per user on a monthly basis, mainly driven by the increasing consumption of online video content on smartphones. As an existing provider of 3G and 4G mobile services through a RAN sharing agreement and a mixture of its own network, U Mobile wishes to expand its network coverage and capacity to suffice the growing demand by offering several competitive services, claimed sources close to the company.

Authentic reports assert that as per the three-year agreement, Nokia will set up a Single RAN Advanced network within greenfield locations throughout Malaysia, supporting U Mobile’s aggressive network extension to provide customers with outstanding data experience.

Additionally, sources familiar with the knowledge of the matter claim that the companies also signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) in order to test 5G live network. The trial will be conducted later this year and would exhibit the 5G abilities of enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) along with additional 5G use cases like e-sports and virtual reality. The Single RAN Advanced Network, that is now installed at U Mobile and utilizing Nokia’s AirScale base stations, is 5G-ready, cited sources familiar with the development.

For the record, Nokia Single RAN Advanced utilizing Nokia AirScale base stations will be compatible with 2G, 3G, 4G, 4.5G Pro and 4.9G in a single unit, with the capacity to evolve to 5G through software upgrade.

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