Nokia has opened a 5G lab at its global headquarters in Espoo, Finland, enabling customers to experience Nokia’s portfolio of 5G equipment, software and services.
The Future X Lab will showcase Nokia’s 5G capabilities with live hardware, software and full network slicing, and how they can all be managed on a unified operations control platform. The Lab will also include an “Experience Zone” where customers will see demonstrations of Nokia technologies and innovations.
In addition to serving Nokia’s 5G customers, the Espoo Lab will also provide a platform for internal Nokia research, prototype development and testing, as well as enable engagement with the wider research and innovation ecosystem.
Marcus Weldon, Nokia’s corporate chief technology officer and President of Nokia Bell Labs, said: “The Future X Lab is an extensive build-out of a 5G end-to-end network, enabling customers to explore how a dynamically reconfigurable and automated network can increase network performance in areas of latency, capacity, reliability and security while reducing total cost of ownership. This new state-of-the-art facility is an extension of our Future X Lab in Murray Hill, NJ, and will enable us to better serve European customers and innovate with key industrial verticals.
“We look forward to hosting customers from around the world at either Lab to experience network slicing and learn first-hand how our 5G end-to-end network architecture will help them create new economic value.”
Nokia last year outlined its Future X network architecture for 5G, which includes products such as high-capacity 5G New Radio, core and SDN-controlled 'Anyhaul' transport, becoming the only 5G vendor with a truly end-to-end portfolio available globally. More than half of Nokia’s 48 commercial 5G contracts include more than radio access from the end-to-end portfolio.
According to a study from Nokia Bell Labs Consulting, a 5G end-to-end network with an integrated solution from a single prime vendor can reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) by more than 20% and decrease time to market by at least 30%, compared to multi-vendor solutions.
The Future X Lab in Espoo is an extension of the Future X Lab opened last year at Nokia Bell Labs headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J. The two Labs are connected to demonstrate transnational interworking and network slicing, with a variety of use cases, run locally or remotely.