Nokia Partners with Hitachi for Private LTE, Local 5G in Japan
Monday, November 18, 2019 | Comments

Nokia announced that it is collaborating with Hitachi Kokusai Electric on local 5G and private wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) solutions for industrial and government customers. Spectrum for local 5G will be released in Japan at the end of 2019 for enterprise use.

As part of the collaboration, Nokia is providing its cloud platform with secure, reliable and low-latency connectivity for applications including video analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and internet of things (IoT), as well as drones, group communications and virtual reality. It will also enable autonomous transport vehicles, such as trucks, trains, forklifts and straddle carriers, to increase productivity at factories, utilities, airports and ports.

The Japanese government is releasing 5G spectrum designated for individual companies and local governments (known in Japan as local 5G) at the end of 2019. This will enable enterprises, regional authorities and other organizations in Japan to deploy next-generation industrial-strength wireless connectivity based on LTE and 5G technologies to create local private, reliable networks.

Nokia and Hitachi Kokusai Electric will collaborate to provide an ecosystem of solutions to support the deployment of new digital automation services. Hitachi Kokusai Electric will share its expertise as a leader in driving the adoption of private LTE networks for industry use and disaster prevention in Japan. Nokia will lend its private LTE/4.9G and 5G wireless connectivity solutions, which have established a global marketplace footprint across energy, transportation, public sector, manufacturing and logistics.

“Industrial-grade private wireless networks will be very important for our industry customers, helping them to become more efficient, automating dangerous operations, and improving worker safety,” said Kaichiro Sakuma, president and CEO of Hitachi Kokusai Electric. “Our collaboration with Nokia is helping to speed the delivery of these innovative capabilities to the Japanese market.

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