As part of its CSR program, Nokia and IEEE Lebanon Section, an educational and scientific nonprofit organization, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on various projects and events to contribute to the development of ICT industry and university students in the country. Leading Lebanese mobile operator Alfa has sponsored the programs to enable the collaboration to further support growth and advancement of the ICT industry in the country.

Nokia and IEEE aim to contribute to the development of the Lebanese telecommunications by modernizing ‘hard infrastructure’, such as the telecom network towers, and building fiber networks, and ‘soft infrastructure’ such as imparting technical trainings to university students as well as young professionals. The companies will organize trainings, events, seminars, conferences at their company premises.

Key aspects include:

  • Six internship opportunities per year by Nokia at its Beirut office to students nominated by IEEE, interviewed and accepted by Nokia subject to its discretion and internal requirements.
  • Nokia speakers to participate in IEEE events to share expertise on specific topics
  • IEEE to invite Nokia engineers and technicians to IEEE events to strengthen their knowledge

Roger Ghorayeb, Lebanon Country Senior Officer, Nokia, said: “IEEE’s vision of sharing the knowledge gained through its research for the society is similar to Nokia’s vision of expanding the human possibilities of technologies. We are happy to join hands with IEEE to bridge the knowledge and competency gap for students and professionals by knowledge sharing and collaboration. We are confident that our collaboration with IEEE will further contribute to the development of the ICT industry in Lebanon.”  

The Nokia brand is returning to smartphones as HMD Global, the Finnish company granted the rights to use the brand, announced its first Android-powered smartphone will launch in China in the coming weeks.

HMD’s Nokia, which runs on Android Nougat, will be available exclusively from online retailer priced at CNY1,699 ($246). The mid-range model sports a 5.5-inch HD display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of on-board storage and a 16-megapixel main camera. In a statement, HMD said the smartphone will be available “in early 2017”.

The device marks the first time the Nokia name will feature on a smartphone since 2014 when Nokia’s handset division was sold to Microsoft, which adopted the Lumia moniker for smartphones while continuing to sell Nokia-branded feature phones. The US company announced plans to abandon both lines in May 2016.

Last month HMD completed previously-announced transactions involving contract manufacturer Foxconn and Microsoft, enabling it to begin work on the next generation of Nokia phones. Nokia will collect royalties for the brand and patents from HMD, but has no direct investment in the new firm.

HMD announced its first new product last month, although it was an extension to the existing Nokia feature phone range.

Nokia was the market leader before Apple launched the iPhone ten years ago. However, the Finnish firm was slow to move to touch screens and opted for Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, which never had a market share of more than a few percentage points.

HMD CEO Arto Nummela, previously head of sales and product development at Nokia, said: “Our ambition is to deliver a premium product, which meets consumer needs at every price point, in every market. We start today, with our premium, high-quality Nokia 6 – built to deliver a fantastic core user experience for Chinese consumers. We look forward to unveiling further products in the first half of this year.”

Nokia and T-Mobile have achieved LTE speeds near 1 Gbps in a demonstration using Nokia's deployed 4.5G Pro technology. The demonstration, conducted at T-Mobile's lab in Bellevue, Washington, encompassed technologies that currently live in the operator's network, including carrier aggregation, 256 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) and 4x4 MIMO (Multiple Input and Multiple Output) on Nokia's commercially available radio access hardware. With Category 16 (Cat 16) capable devices becoming commercially available in early 2017, the solution enables an even faster network for T-Mobile. Currently, the network provides speeds up to 400 Mbps.

Adding to its many innovations in telecommunications, T-Mobile has already launched 4x4 MIMO, carrier aggregation and 256 QAM modulation to provide ultra-high speed services and a superior customer experience to its subscribers nationwide. With the availability of Cat 16 devices, it will be possible to achieve nearly 1 Gbps speeds when combining all three of the technologies, which the joint demonstration of Nokia's 4.5G Pro successfully proved.

Nokia 4.5G Pro and 4.9G were launched in September 2016, highlighting the company's innovations in achieving ultra-high speeds and in enabling operators to significantly enhance LTE and prepare for the path to 5G. The technology allows leading operators such as T-Mobile to take advantage of major increases in speed and capacity where and when they need it.

Overview of the demo solution:

  • Three-carrier aggregation technology using Bands 2 and 66.
  • 4X4 MIMO technology for doubling peak speeds.
  • 256 QAM, which is a higher order modulation scheme that allows an increase in peak data rates of up to 30% compared to 64 QAM.
  • Nokia commercial LTE eNodeB.

Neville Ray, CTO, T-Mobile, said:"We've had the fastest LTE network for the last three straight years, but we never stop innovating. We demonstrated nearly 1 Gbps speeds over the air on LTE with our long-standing strategic partner, Nokia, to show how much more our network can do to achieve higher speeds and superior performance."

Ricky Corker, EVP and Head of North America, Nokia, said: "We are committed to supporting T-Mobile with our latest technology innovations, and working alongside them to show what the future of mobile communications can be for their Un-carrier customers. Use of three-carrier component aggregation with 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM is the perfect solution for T-Mobile as it looks to optimize network performance with available spectrum. With this demonstration, we are preparing the T-Mobile network to launch the highest speeds possible."

Nokia has deployed a fully integrated NB-IoT system at Vodafone's 'Open Lab' in Dusseldorf, Germany using its radio access network and elements from its Cloud Packet Core solution. The system leverages IoT technology from Telit and will be used by device manufacturers and applications developers in trials of innovative products and solutions to expand the IoT ecosystem.

In a trial during Vodafone's recent Innovation Day event in Dusseldorf, Nokia and Telit used the technology to demonstrate how NB-IoT will meet the connectivity needs of devices. The companies used an Intel chipset integrated in a NB-IoT module, which was embedded in a Shitek technology ultrasonic gas meter. The system connected with a meter to transmit data on gas flow over a 4G Vodafone test network, demonstrating how NB-IoT technology can be used to manage an integrated network comprised of components from multiple vendors.

NB-IoT will optimize 4G networks to meet the dynamic demands of billions of connected devices. It enables wider coverage indoors and outdoors, for example allowing the radio signal to reach further inside buildings such as factories and hospitals to connect sensors and devices and transmit information. Lower power consumption allows device battery life to be prolonged for up to 15 years, optimizing the cost of maintaining the myriad devices that will be found within homes and enterprises.

Luke Ibbetson, Head of Research & Development and Technology Strategy for Vodafone Group, and Chair of the GSMA NB-IoT Forum, said: "NB-IoT will be commercially available from early 2017 and, because it has strong support from across the telecoms industry, it will be the technology used to connect millions more things to the internet. We are very pleased to make the Vodafone Open Labs available to companies that want to exchange ideas and to develop and test connected products and services powered by NB-IoT."

Marco Argenton, Product Marketing Manager, Telit, said:"We have the industry's broadest portfolio of integrated products, platforms and services to support IoT deployments. With the collaboration in this trial, we demonstrated real and tangible benefits of automation in the residential energy market, the nature of which can be leveraged in many other industries and verticals."

Roberto Loiola, global customer business team head at Nokia, said: "The low power attributes and reach of NB-IoT make it an ideal technology to connect the Internet of Things. The trial with Telit showed how NB-IoT is perfectly suited to manage a network comprised of devices and sensors from multiple vendors. At Nokia we are constantly innovating to allow our customers to evolve their offer and anticipate the needs of their subscribers and our work with Vodafone at the Open Lab is a prime example of this."

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