Nokia and China Mobile have signed a one-year frame agreement – valued at up to 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) – to support the operator’s transition to a ‘future-oriented network infrastructure’, while providing seamless connectivity to more efficiently meet growing data traffic demand.
Under the agreement, Nokia will provide China Mobile with end-to-end technology solutions to enable a next-generation network to support cloud and machine communications. Nokia will provide additional elements of its mobile radio access and core portfolio in addition to fixed access, IP routing and optical transport, customer experience management, as well as its services expertise delivering the quality, speed and reliability needed.
Going forward, Nokia says it will work closely with China Mobile to define the products and services that will enable the operator to explore new opportunities in vertical markets.
The frame agreement comes close on the heels of an MoU signed by both companies for research and testing of the artificial intelligence and machine-learning capabilities of next-generation networks for the delivery of intelligent network optimization and radio resource management, particularly for 5G.
The agreement was signed at the recent Sino-German Economic Forum.