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Nokia will use its innovative technology to support Vodacom’s objective of being the first to launch 5G in South Africa.

Vodacom and Nokia have sign agreement to jointly conduct lab and network trials of new services and business cases using Nokia 5G technology.

The aim of the collaboration is to focus on bringing benefits of digitalization to industries such as healthcare, energy and manufacturing and consumer services to support economic growth.

This will enable Vodacom to drive digitalization for the benefit of businesses and individuals in South Africa.

Working with Vodacom in a series of workshops and trials, Nokia will share its latest 5G innovations including massive MIMO Adaptive Antennas, AirScale Radio Access, AirGile Cloud-native Core, Multi-Access Edge Computing, and end-to-end Mobile Anyhaul transport networks to test how they can be used to meet ever-changing demand in the country.

Initially the companies will focus on the delivery of Ultra-HD and virtual reality video services, leveraging the enhanced mobile broadband and ultra-low latency capabilities of 5G.

Vodacom and Nokia will also collaborate to understand how 5G can drive continued economic growth in vertical industries important to South Africa including manufacturing, mining, healthcare, media, energy and transportation.

“As the leading mobile network provider in South Africa, with the best 3G and 4G networks,  it was crucial for us to partner a formidable player such as Nokia as we’re gearing ourselves for the next generation of wireless networks, 5G. This collaboration comes at a time when we have a firm mandate from the Vodacom Board to propel Vodacom Group to become a leading digital company,” says Andries Delport, Vodacom Group Chief Technology Officers.

“It is my firm belief that the adoption of 5G will help us to deliver against some of the digital technologies in areas such as big data analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things. Quite crucially, Africa is in the middle of a mobile connectivity boom, and as such, 5G will help us to deliver faster internet speeds to our almost 70 million customers across the Group.”

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