While Nokia (NYSE: NOK) continues to wait for the big 5G rollout, the company has strived to remain busy. The Next Generation Mobile Network Alliance expects 5G to be fully implemented by at least 2020. To keep their schedule busy, Nokia has reached out to Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates. In Indonesia, the company has been tapped by FiberStar to improve the nation’s infrastructure. FiberStar will rely on Nokia to help deploy IP/MPLS, Internet Protocol Multiprotocol Label Switching, Metro Ethernet networks in 48 cities on the island of Bali and Java.
The innovative IP/MPLS network will give FiberStar the ability to deliver an improved performance and enhanced uptime, while reducing network congestion. In the future, the network will make it possible for local residents to gain access to high speed broadband and other IP-based applications. Nokia will provide FiberStar with their cutting-edge 7750 Service Router and 5620 Service Aware Manager. The combination will decrease operational expenses, while allowing FiberStar to offer more dynamic services. Besides the equipment provided, Nokia will also offer 5 year of professional services.
This includes network design, training and maintenance. Nokia has also branched out to the United Arab Emirates, where they have been recruited by the General Civil Aviation Authority or GCAA. Through the cooperative effort, the UAE will work to solidify itself as the first country to allow the utilization of drones by government agencies and businesses in a safe, managed and secure environment. The drone program is one step in the right direction for the UAE, which intends to transform Dubai into one of the smartest cities in the world by 2017.
The initiative will also make it possible for Nedaa to create a network for smart city and mission-critical services within the scope of the GCAA regulatory framework. Nedaa is the Dubai government’s security network operator. The program will rely heavily on Nokia’s new UAV Traffic Management, UTM, concept. The UTM system will give cities the ability to monitor and manage drones in and around their vicinities. Some of the features provided will be listed below.
- No-fly zone control
- Automated flight permissions
- BVLOS or beyond-visual-line-of-sight
The created ecosystem will establish a safe location for drone technology to be tested. The new program will coincide perfectly with Nokia’s intention to build and develop a UAV test facility at the Twente Airport in the Netherland. The combination will give Nokia the ability to push one step closer to a fully functional UAV traffic management system. The system can be controlled through the Nokia UTM smartphone application.
With drones becoming more popular among consumers, government agencies, and businesses, such a system is most certainly essential for the future. Will Nokia be the first to develop a system that works fluidly and reliably in a real-world environment?