13 April 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Nokia, Telia and Intel have successfully carried out an industrial trial using 5G to improve the time sensitive applications and enhance productions in manufacturing.
Using 5G, operators and businesses are able to connect
assets and take advantage of new capabilities such as machine
learning, artificial intelligence, and automation to transform
"Under our '5G Finland' initiative we are working with
companies such as Nokia to accelerate the fourth industrial
revolution in the country. In this trial we could show how we
can extend our service offering to new industry customers to
enable efficiencies that will advance their production
capabilities," Janne Koistinen, director of the 5G program at
The trial took place at the end of March where Nokia and
Intel worked alongside Finnish software startup Finwe at the
Nokia base station Conscious Factory in Oulu, using a trial 5G
radio access network operating in the 28GHz frequency band.
Nokia deployed the network using its 5G AirScale and
Multi-access edge computing platforms. By combining
Nokia’s AirFrame data centre with
Intel’s Xeon Scalable processors, the network
was able to deliver network edge and core cloud capabilities to
support the various applications in the 5G environment. The
trial also used Intel’s 5G Mobile
Trial Platform as the end-user device as well as an integrated
video analytics application from Finwe.
Commenting on the trials, Caroline Chan, vice president and
general manager of the 5G infrastructure division and Network
Platforms Group at Intel, said: "Utilizing the Intel Xeon
Scalable Processor family and the Intel Mobile Trial platform
allows operators around the globe to provide the computing,
connectivity, and analytics to launch new 5G services. We
continue to work with Nokia to deliver the infrastructure
needed to pave the way to broad market adoption of open,
software defined networks for 5G."
The video application was also used to monitor and analyse a
video feed of a process on one assembly line. The application
used machine learning to alert the assembly line operator of
any inconsistencies in the process so they could be corrected
During the second trial, Nokia and Telia enabled Telia to
offer cloud remote delivery for business customers. This
demonstration used Nokia’s AirFrame data centre
solution, its Multi-access edge computing platform with Finwe's
video analytics application, at Telia's data centre in
Helsinki. Nokia says that it will continue to use its
Multi-cloud edge computing platform with Finwe’s
video analytics application in the Oulu conscious factory over
a 4G LTE network.
Using multi-access edge computing together with 5G allows
data to be processed close to where it’s needed,
significantly reducing latency.
"Nokia's 5G capabilities allow operators such as Telia to
leverage machine learning and automation by opening up network
data and intelligence, said Marc Rouanne, president of Mobile
Networks at Nokia. "As we continue to deliver
machine learning capabilities in Nokia's ReefShark chipsets and
develop advanced algorithms we will further enhance our radio
performance, allowing customers to take advantage of new
business opportunities in the 5G and IoT world."