Nokia and Vodacom have signed a MoU to jointly conduct lab and network trials of new services and business cases using Nokia 5G technology. 

Nokia will share its latest solutions in 5G portfolio including massive MIMO Adaptive Antennas, AirScale Radio Access, AirGile Cloud-native Core, Multi-Access Edge Computing, and end-to-end Mobile Anyhaul transport networks to test how they can be used to meet changing demands in the country. 

Andries Delport, Vodacom Group CTO said: "This collaboration comes at a time when we have a firm mandate from the Vodacom Board to propel Vodacom Group to become a leading digital company. It is my firm belief that the adoption of 5G will help us to deliver against some of the digital technologies in areas such as big data analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things."

Rajen Naidoo, head of Vodacom South Africa Cutomer Team at Nokia, said: "Working with Vodacom, we can help it identify how 5G can support growth in the country and the steps it should take in its own transition to best meet individual subscriber and enterprise needs.

The initial area of focus is going to be the delivery of Ultra-HD and virtual reality video services. Later, the companies have plans to collaborate to better understand how 5G technology can generate significant economic benefits in sectors like manufacturing, mining, healthcare, media, energy and transportation.