Nokia and Contela complete private 5G interoperability trial in South Korea
Nokia Customer Premise Equipment (CPE), RAN and Contela’s core solutions were used to conduct the interoperability trial
Finnish vendor Nokia and Korean wireless communication equipment manufacturer Contela announced the completion of what they claim is Korea’s first interoperability trial between SME (small and medium enterprise) core and global Radio Access Networks (RAN) for private 5G.
In a release, the vendor said that the trial took place at Nokia Korea’s Private 5G Open Lab. Nokia noted that the interoperability trial will enable Nokia and Contela to advance the private 5G market in Korea by providing a diverse selection of core networks for private 5G network solutions. Local enterprises will be able to opt between Nokia’s industrial-grade core or Contela’s optimized core solution, depending on their specific requirements. The two companies said they will work closely to develop the private 5G ecosystem in the Asian country.
Nokia Customer Premise Equipment (CPE), RAN and Contela’s core solutions were used to conduct the interoperability trial. Earlier this year, Nokia and Contela had announced a collaboration to provide private 5G network solutions to South Korea’s public sector companies.
Soon Park, CEO of Contela, said: “We are pleased with the successful completion of the interoperability trial using Nokia RAN and Contela core solution. The trial will further advance the growing private 5G ecosystem in the country and will provide new solutions and applications to our customers in line with their requirements.”
Josh Lee, customer team head of enterprise at Nokia, said: “The successful completion of the interoperability test enables us to offer diverse and advanced Industry 4.0 solutions for private 5G deployments. The interoperability between our RAN and Contela’s core solution allows us to offer more options to the enterprises thus enabling them to leverage the benefits of 5G to gain a business edge.”
In April, Nokia announced the launch of a Private 5G Open Lab, as part of its existing Advanced Technology Center at its Seoul offices to showcase its technology and encourage the development of 5G private wireless networks in Korea.
Nokia’s Private 5G Open Lab will support Korean enterprises, communications service providers and partners in leveraging 5G private wireless networks to acquire new capabilities and operational efficiencies. The lab will also offer training to partners and demonstrations for customers. Nokia will also partner with Korean companies developing solutions and services for 5G private wireless networks.
The new facility is equipped with Nokia’s 5G private wireless network solution, including its radio, core and service platform, powered by Nokia’s latest AirScale portfolio, Modular Private Wireless and FastMile 5G Gateways. Nokia Digital Automation Cloud and MX Industrial Edge will also be added and cross-connected with the existing equipment by the third quarter of the year.
Nokia’s lab will showcase several industrial-grade private wireless use cases, including Industry 4.0, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and factory automation.
The vendor also noted that the new lab allows local companies to test their solutions and services, including interoperability tests for 5G private wireless networks.