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Nokia ties up with five Japanese firms on industrial-use 5G network services

Kyodo

Nokia Corp. said Wednesday that it has tied up with five Japanese companies to offer next-generation 5G network services to corporate customers.

The Finnish telecommunications giant will build the ultrafast communications networks with its Japanese partners, including computer systems company NS Solutions Corp. and telecommunication equipment maker Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc., mainly for manufacturers.

The tie-up, which also involves trading house Marubeni Corp., communications firm Internet Initiative Japan Inc. and data center operator Equinix Inc., comes as the Japanese government prepares to start accepting applications from companies for private 5G licenses later this month.

Demand for 5G networks, which can deliver data transmission speeds around 100 times faster than the current 4G networks, is expected to grow as manufacturers aim to connect devices at factories through them to boost productivity amid a labor shortage.

Nokia said it had already offered private wireless networks to over 120 corporate customers around the world.

“With spectrum availability now opening up in Japan, Nokia is bringing forth a unique combination of technology, services and partnerships,” said John Harrington, head of Nokia Japan, according to a press release.