Nokia and Comcast on Feb. 23 announced plans to use Nokia’s 5G software and support services to provide the operator with the capabilities to deliver new, seamless connectivity to Xfinity Mobile and Comcast Business Mobile customers in its service areas across the United States.
Nokia 5G Standalone Core platform has been selected by Comcast to deliver seamless mobile connectivity, while expanding Nokia’s footprint in North America. Under an agreement, Nokia will supply Comcast with its 5G Stand Alone Core networking software, including Packet Core, delivering near-zero touch automation and ultra low latency capabilities, as well as operations software and consulting services.
As reckoned by a press release, by combining Nokia’s software with Comcast’s targeted, capital-light network design, the operator said it can cost-effectively deliver enhanced 5G and WiFi mobile connectivity to its more than five million Xfinity Mobile and Comcast Business Mobile customers. Comcast and Nokia are currently conducting field trials on the platform, which includes Comcast employee testing.
As the demand for reliable Internet access inside and outside of the home and office rapidly increases, Comcast’s mid-band (CBRS) and low-band (600MHz) spectrum enable the company to supplement its existing Xfinity WiFi network and cellular network partnership with additional targeted 5G coverage in certain high-traffic areas within its service territory.
These offerings will support Comcast’s efforts to deliver enhanced 5G access to consumer and business customers in the U.S. using CBRS and 600 MHz spectrum, the operator said.
Fran Heeran, SVP and GM of Core Networks, Cloud and Network Services, at Nokia, said:
“We are delighted to partner with Comcast and provide Nokia’s advanced 5G Core portfolio to deliver innovative 5G customer offerings securely, at scale, and with advanced operational efficiencies.”
Tom Nagel, SVP, Wireless Strategy at Comcast, concluded:
”We are pleased to be working with Nokia to enable Comcast’s advanced 5G mobile products and services for our customers. Combining Nokia’s industry-leading solutions with Comcast’s targeted network design and new dual SIM technology allows us to create exciting next-generation wireless offerings.”