Nokia and Türk Telekom join forces to collaborate on IoT 5G technologies

15 April 2016 |


Nokia and Türk Telekom announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop 5G radio access network technology and the applications, which accompany it, to drive the Internet of Things (IoT).

Türk Telekom will make its network infrastructure available to Nokia for real-time testing to accelerate the introduction of 5G in Turkey in a step towards 5G.

Nokia is currently deploying 4G LTE-Advanced technology for Türk Telekom. The operator has already launched LTE-A services in Turkey. Nokia has been a longstanding provider of customer care and analytics-driven solutions to Türk Telekom from its Motive portfolio.

The new MoU will see the companies focusing on the development of a cloud architecture for radio and core network technology that can support Network Slicing in particular.

The partners will focus on developing cloud architecture in core and radio networks enabling Network Slicing to meet future demands of applications, devices and people.

The announcement follows the launch and continued deployment of LTE-Advanced in Turkey as a first step towards development and testing of 5G technology.

Rami Aslan, CEO of Türk Telekom, said: "We intend to be a pioneer in the deployment of technologies that differentiate our customer services. Working with Nokia, we have already launched 4G LTE-Advanced in Turkey, and the development of 5G technology will allow us to drive the digital revolution, changing the way of life for our customers and expanding the economy. We are pleased yet again to be able to leverage Nokia's expertise and innovation leadership."

Ernst Nassl, head of customer business team Turkey and Central Asia at Nokia, said: "By signing the agreement with Türk Telekom to develop 5G and IoT technologies, we are taking an important step towards defining the future of mobile networks. Our work with customers on 5G is crucial in allowing us to understand better real network use-cases for this technology and to accelerate commercial use." 

5G technology will move beyond simple connectivity to transform networks, delivering massive capacity, connectivity, and ultra-fast data speeds - with almost zero latency - to meet the demands of billions of devices, applications and things in the 'programmable world'.

Network slicing is the ability of a 5G network to be tailored to the needs of different industries, enabling the large-scale transformation of sectors such as healthcare, security, automotive, public safety, industrial manufacturing, and more.

The companies will work together on testing 5G and (IoT) technologies for tracking, metering, smart cities, smart home and latency-sensitive applications. They will then use their findings to develop 5G-ready solutions that will allow Türk Telekom to evolve its network and be ready for the eventual introduction of commercial 5G services.