Nokia and Vodacom have partnered to trial 5G technology in South Africa.
Nokia said it will use its technology to support Vodacom’s objective of being the first network to launch 5G in South Africa.
“Nokia has a 5G portfolio that will allow operators to gain an early-to-market advantage in the delivery of ultra-fast mobile broadband services that leverage multi-gigabit speeds and ultra-low latency,” said Nokia.
It will share its latest 5G innovations with Vodacom, including massive MIMO Adaptive Antennas, AirScale Radio Access, AirGile Cloud-native Core, Multi-Access Edge Computing, and end-to-end Mobile Anyhaul transport networks.
The focus will initially be on the delivery of UHD and virtual reality video services.
“As the leading mobile network provider in South Africa, it was crucial for us to partner with a formidable player such as Nokia as we’re gearing ourselves for the next generation of wireless networks,” said Vodacom CTO Andries Delport.