Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Nokia: Security is one of the hottest topics in the UK's network environment and rightly so

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Monday 17 June 19

Last week, I caught up with Cormac Whelan, CEO for the UK and Ireland at Nokia, to talk about his company’s plans for 5G, full fibre fixed line and rural connectivity solutions – and all points in between

What has Nokia been up to this year on the 5G front? “I think ‘running furiously’ best describes it – as everybody has been. The big difference now from where we were 12 months ago is that we finally have the standards in place. “All the vendors are now able to focus on developing a ready for market product, rather than a lot of interim stuff. I do think that was a bit of a distraction for a couple of years. Trying to get 4.5G and 4.9G versions out there, while standards were still being finalised. “The big challenge, for us as vendors as well as for consumers and enterprises, was trying to separate the 5G hype from the reality…

What has Nokia been up to this year on the 5G front? “I think ‘running furiously’ best describes it – as everybody has been. The big difference now from where we were 12 months ago is that we finally have the standards in place. “All the vendors are now able to focus on developing a ready for market product, rather than a lot of interim stuff. I do think that was a bit of a distraction for a couple of years. Trying to get 4.5G and 4.9G versions out there, while standards were still being finalised. “The big challenge, for us as vendors as well as for consumers and enterprises, was trying to separate the 5G hype from the reality…

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