Nokia forges 5G partnerships for industrial robots, energy efficient coverage

Nokia forges 5G partnerships for industrial robots, energy efficient coverage

Telecom giant Nokia will demonstrate real-time robot fleet management using private 5G wireless with Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) in Germany. The company also finalized a partnership with Taiwan Mobile for energy efficient 5G coverage across the island nation as the industry tackles the implications of energy consumption by wireless networking gear.

Nokia, MiR to demonstrate 5G private wireless robot fleet management

Nokia and MiR will exhibit a real-time robot fleet management using a private 5G wireless network built on the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) at the LogiMat trade show in Stuttgart, Germany.

The demonstration, which will be held from May 31 to June 2, will show how manufacturers and warehouse operators can utilize 5G for automated tasks involving autonomous mobile robots connected to a 5G private wireless network using Nokia Industrial dongles that have their own SIM cards.

Nokia DAC is described as an end-to-end platform with industrial grade private 4G/LTE and 5G wireless networking that covers edge computing, radio access points and user equipment. Private networks with edge computing can process enormous volumes of video and data to empower real-time analysis and process improvement, according to Nokia.

Jochen Apel, vice president of digital industries for Nokia Enterprise, says, “Nokia DAC allows industries to deploy private 4.9G/LTE and 5G wireless networks to digitally transform their operations. We look forward to demonstrating with MiR how high-performance enabled by 5G ensures there are no breaks in coverage so real-time instructions can be delivered and actioned with autonomous mobile robots on large manufacturing floors and warehouses.”

The Finnish telecom is no stranger to 5G applications for robotics. In 2020, it released 5G standalone industrial-grade private wireless networking solutions with use cases for robotics and fleet automation for mining.

Taiwan Mobile brings on Nokia for energy efficient 5G coverage

Taiwan Mobile announced it selected Nokia to expand its 5G coverage across the country with an energy-efficient portfolio to achieve its sustainability goals.

Nokia, a long-time partner with Taiwan Mobile, will deliver its AirScale portfolio with base stations and MIMO antennas to boost network performance and capacity. It will also introduce 4G/5G dynamic spectrum sharing, Nokia updating Taiwan Mobile’s LTE infrastructure, and a consolidation of network management and optimization under a centralized tool for a superior 4G/5G RAN network performance.

AirScale is described as an energy-efficient portfolio that will help Taiwan Mobile attain its 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2040 under RE100. Furthermore, the partnership will smooth out the network transition plan following the completion of a proposed merger between Taiwan Mobile and telecom Taiwan Star.

Nokia will also grow its foothold into its existing 5G Standalone Core at Taiwan Mobile to enable 5G applications like network slicing for enterprises and businesses and Edge Cloud deployments for low-latency services. The deployment will consist of Nokia AirFrame server hardware with multi-access edge computing (MEC) capabilities, IMS Voice Core capacity expansion, and Voice over New Radio (VoNR).

5G connectivity has caught the attention of researchers as a tool to combat climate change. A study from Mobile UK suggests that 5G-enabled technology could help the combined G7 manufacturing sectors reduce their total carbon emissions by 1 percent from various efficiency improvements and facilitate the green energy transition in various sectors.

Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks at Nokia, says he is encouraged to see how AirScale is reducing energy consumption and paving the way for a sustainable future.

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