Nokia and China Unicom complete their first 5G standalone call

Nokia says that it expects to achieve the full deployment of its full portfolio of software solutions in China Unicom’s network ahead of schedule
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Finnish network equipment provider, Nokia, has revealed that it has successfully completed its first 5G standalone (SA) call on a live network with China Unicom.

Nokia said that it also expected to achieve full deployment of numerous software solutions with the operator several weeks ahead of schedule.

“Nokia has skillfully managed both the overall project and technical components during these unprecedented times, which has been crucial to the speed and success of this deployment that will provide our customers with fast, modernised network management features,” said Markus Bochert, President of Nokia Greater China.   

The data and voice calls, which marked firsts for Nokia on a 5G SA network, were completed earlier than planned in part due to Nokia’s experience-driven, customer-focused approach. By bypassing non-standalone (NSA) 5G core deployments entirely, Nokia was able to deliver 5G SA core for China Unicom and enable crucial network functions, such as network slicing capabilities.

Nokia deployed its Unified Data Management, Shared Data Layer (5G Unified Data Repository), and Cloud Mobile Gateway (from its Cloud Packet Core portfolio) for the 5G Session Management Function and User Plane Function. This was complemented by Data Refinery charging and NetAct network management, with all products deployed in the cloud using the Nokia CloudBand cloud infrastructure and management solution.

Nokia CBIS is an open, scalable, vendor-agnostic platform that is enabling software deployment across China Unicom’s existing multi-vendor hardware.

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