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Nokia Joins Hands With SoftBank, KDDI To Boost 5G Deployment In Japan

Nokia Corporation (NOK), a telecommunications, IT, and consumer electronics firm, on Thursday said it has been chosen by Japanese mobile operators, SoftBank Corp. and KDDI as one of the vendors to deploy Japan's shared RAN. This deployment aims to deliver 5G services to both SoftBank and KDDI subscribers in the country.

The Finnish company sees to install a Multi-Operator Radio Access Network (MORAN), which is expected to allow both companies to share the RAN while keeping core networks separate. Network sharing helps support efficient RAN deployments as base station sites and infrastructure equipment are shared.

"Under the deal, Nokia will supply its latest AirScale products including baseband and radio platforms. Nokia's MORAN is triple mode and covers LTE, 5G as well as Dynamic Spectrum Sharing," Nokia said in a statement.

Also, Nokia will offer its new generation of ReefShark System-on-Chip based plug-in cards to increase the capacity of the AirScale baseband. The new ReefShark-powered plug-in cards are easily installed and simplify the upgrade and extended operation of all AirScale deployments.

They also deliver up to eight times more throughput compared to previous generations. Nokia's modular AirScale baseband is expected to enable SoftBank and KDDI to scale capacity flexibly and efficiently and as their 5G business evolves.

MORAN is a way for mobile operators to share radio access network infrastructure, reduce their costs, expand the coverage of their networks and achieve an efficient and effective roll-out of new technologies.

The RAN uses dedicated radio frequencies assigned to each service provider ensuring they maintain independent control of their resources.

At NYSE, Nokia Corporation had closed at $5.84 per share on Wednesday, a rise of 1.88 percent, compared to its previous close of $5.80 per share.

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