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Nokia and Vodafone New Zealand team up to accelerate network innovation with 5G-Advanced and 6G

  • Strategic partnership signed to jointly collaborate on developing and driving new applicationssupported by 5G and 5G-Advanced
  • Innovation focused collaboration builds on 30 year partnership between Nokia and Vodafone NZand paves the way towards a 6G future
  • Agreement will focus on development of new and exciting use cases for consumer, enterpriseand industry

Nokia announced it has signed an innovation focusedMemorandum of Understanding with Vodafone NZ to collaborate on the development of new applications and services enabled by the capabilities of Nokia’s advanced mobile networktechnology.

The collaborative agreement, which comes as the two organisations celebrate 30 years of partnershipin New Zealand, will focus on accelerating the opportunities of Vodafone’s extensive 4G/5G network.The companies will also look to explore the capabilities of 5G-Advanced and 6G networks in the future.

Through joint resource investment in technology validation, demos and field trials, it will seek to furtherignite innovation in advanced networks, developing commercial opportunities and future use cases in areas from network slicing and private networks to industrial automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, Edge compute and 6G enabled future. The collaboration will keep New Zealand at the forefront of global advances in network technology and enable it to play a key role in shaping how thenext generation of technologies will be used to enhance peoples lives, the economy and the environment.

“Nokia has a proud 30 year history of bringing the world’s best mobile technology to New Zealand withVodafone, most recently helping Vodafone deliver a world class 5G network. This collaboration willpave the way forward to 5G-Advanced and ultimately 6G,” says Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia. “New Zealand has a thriving and dynamic telecommunications environment, whichprovides a perfect backdrop to pioneer innovation – innovation that will enable incredible advances in connectivity, services and the associated digital transformation.”

“At Vodafone we’re helping customers unlock the magic of technology, and to do that, they need fast, reliable connectivity. We have invested extensively in our 4G and 5G networks with Nokia and theinnovation collaboration announced today is an awesome next step”, said Tony Baird, Vodafone New Zealand’s Wholesale & Infrastructure Director. “A relentless focus on innovation – and bringing leadingtechnology and expertise to Aotearoa – is how we help Kiwi businesses, industry and people realisethe huge potential of advanced mobile networks in the short term, while putting us firmly on the pathtowards a 6G future in the longer term.”

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