Nokia and DoCoMo will collaborate closely for the transition from 4G to 5G, which DoCoMo is expected to launch by 2020, in time for the Tokyo Olympics, in 2020.
On Friday, Nokia signed its first agreement to supply next generation 5G wireless radio base stations to Japanese telecom operator NTT DoCoMo, which boasts of having more than 50% of Japan’s mobile subscribers as its customers.
The contract marks Nokia’s first significant deal for its flagship mobile base station equipment based on the official global New Radio (NR) standards for the fifth generation of wireless networks, which were only finalized in December 2017.
The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The deal assumes that DoCoMo will start commercial 5G network services by 2020, in time for the Tokyo Olympics, said Nokia.
At the outset DoCoMo’s installations is likely to target the greater metropolitan Tokyo with a national roll-out to follow subsequently.
Nokia, which has been DoCoMo’s major supplier for the 3G and 4G networks, has been working with the Japanese telecom operator on trials, since at least 2014.
5G promises greater capacity, faster data rates and quicker response times.
Significantly, the new 5G equipment could enable DoCoMo to provide new services for the burgeoning autonomous automated vehicle industry, as well as services for industrial automation and smart homes.
Nokia has stated it will work closely with DoCoMo to ensure a smooth transition from the existing 4G networks to the newer 5G.