Intel and Nokia to open acceleration lab for 5G innovations in Finland

Finland is leading the way in developing next-generation telecommunications standards.

Intel and Nokia will open a joint laboratory for developing and testing next-generation wireless solutions across the 5G ecosystem – from device to cloud – in Espoo, Finland.


The 5G Solutions Lab will harness the core competencies and strengths of both of the technology companies to accelerate the commercial readiness of the wireless technology. It will develop next-generation solutions in a live environment, in close collaboration with the local ecosystem to promote comprehensive integration and testing.


“5G has the potential to create an unprecedented breadth of commercial opportunities for new and even as-yet unidentified players,” said Frank Weyerich, the head of mobile networks products at Nokia.


“Our joint 5G Solutions Lab will provide them with an invaluable resource to develop and incubate new possibilities.”


Long-standing co-operation

The 5G Solutions Lab adds yet another dimension to the long-standing development co-operation between Intel and Nokia. The two technology giants have recently collaborated on domains such as software platforms, data centre and network infrastructure solutions, and narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT).


“The opening of these two labs expands our collaboration with Nokia and other ecosystem partners, allowing us to take another critical step to accelerate commercial 5G deployments,” said Sandra Rivera, the general manager of network platforms at Intel.


Setting pace

Finland is thereby poised to continue paving the way for adopting new telecommunications standards, says Markku Lehikoinen, a senior advisor at Finpro’s Invest in Finland.


“Intel and Nokia – two forerunners in 5G – opening a joint development centre in Finland demonstrates how Finland continues to lead the way in developing new telecoms standards,” he states.


Finnish engineers and researchers, he reminds, were key in developing a number of revolutionary standards, ranging from the world’s first automatic mobile telephone system, the NMT, in the 1970–80s to GSM, WCDMA and LTE.


The trailblazing work continues today.


Nokia and the University of Oulu announced in February that they have established a joint research and training centre focusing on wireless infrastructure for 5G and beyond. The Nokia Bell Labs and University of Oulu Joint Centre for Future Connectivity, they said, will aim to become a world leader in disruptive technology innovation.


Intel, meanwhile, is developing mobile hardware and software platforms in Tampere, Finland, and is a partner in the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation’s (Tekes) 5th Gear, a programme launched to solve challenges related to next-generation mobile communications.


The programme’s other partners include Coriant, Ericsson, Exfo, Huawei, Intel, Keysight Technologies, MediaTek, Nokia and Sony.