China Unicom Partners With Nokia to Accelerate 5G Development
China's telecoms giants are racing to deliver on 5G networks, promising to launch as soon as this year.
Belinda Zhou
Jul 11,2019,06:55

Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) today announced that China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. (NYSE: CHU) has picked its optical fronthaul solution to power its 4G and 5G networks through 2019.

The fronthaul is the intermediate connection between the centralized radio controllers and the radio head, which is part of a cellular network. Centralized-RAN is the architecture for cellular networks, in which the Nokia 1830 module is suited to the advanced 4G and 5G fronthaul.

The Finnish telecommunication giant said the fronthaul technology belongs to Nokia end-to-end 5G portfolio. The solution will speed up the deployment of 4G as well as 5G radios and simplify the installation and management of the network with lower cost. 

“We share China Unicom’s vision and commitment to creating this world-leading 5G service for its customers,”  Bo Gao, head of the China Unicom customer business team at Nokia Shanghai Bell Labs, said.

For China Unicom, it’s seeking to achieve its 5G goals in 2019 as planned. A rival of China Unicom, China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL), said it will set up a 5G industry fund of $4.4 billion and roll out commercial 5G services in 50 cities in China by the end of the year. 

"The optical fronthaul solution will be key to providing top notch performance for China Unicom’s 4G/5G subscribers,” Bo added.

Stock in China Unicom closed at $10.76 per American depository share, seeing almost no changes and shares in Nokia jumped 1 percent to $5.01 apiece in New York Wednesday.

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