NEC TARGETS CSPs WITH 5G VERTICAL BUSINESS PLATFORM

NEC has flagged the global provision of its 5G Vertical Business Platform enabling CSPs to provide networks, clouds and applications for the arrival of the 5G era.

NEC said the 5G platform had been designed to provide full stack capabilities and deliver innovative vertical business services. “While 5G is becoming a communication infrastructure supporting various industries and the public, CSPs face very difficult challenges as to how to cope with various needs, complicated traffic, massive amounts of traffic, security threats, and others,” the firm said, adding that its capability minimizes integration efforts – cutting time-to-market by underpinning a broad swathe of vertical business operations on a single platform.

NEC said the hardware and software, based on a key partner ecosystem, enabled continuous, secure and fast 5G service innovation.

“5G is expected to be more than just a high-speed, large-capacity mobile network. It should play the role of a platform that brings significant innovation to society as a whole and various industries and creates new services and value,” said Kazuhiko Harasaki, deputy general manager, Service Provider Solutions Division, NEC Corporation.

“However, for service providers in the position of providing and operating the platform, there are many challenges to be solved when entering the 5G era,” he added. “NEC can provide the network, Cloud / NFVI, virtual application, automation and orchestration of all layers with the optimum security solution. This is in addition to the company’s rich experience of service integration with ecosystem partners.”

“The… capability will enable CSPs to continuously add new applications and services for industry verticals to create new business and monetization opportunities for network operators and enterprises,” said Harasaki.

The NEC 5G Vertical Business Platform will be presented at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, February 25-28 at the NEC stand, Hall 3, 3M30

NEC TO BUILD SUB CABLE SYSTEM FOR OKINAWA CELLULAR TELEPHONE COMPANY

NEC Corporation has won a contract with Okinawa Cellular Telephone Company to design, engineer, supply, install, test and implement an optical submarine cable system connecting Okinawa Prefecture and Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan.

Under the agreement, NEC will provide the optical submarine cable system as a turnkey service, with the cable system scheduled to start operation in April 2020.

This cable system is connected to Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture, and Hioki City, Kagoshima Prefecture, with a total length of approximately 760 km and a maximum depth of approximately 1,200 m. NEC said it employs the latest optical wavelength multiplex transmission method, adding that the maximum design transmission capacity is 80 Tbps per second.

“By connecting the cable between Okinawa and Kagoshima via a different route from the existing cable, this cable can secure a backup line in the event of a large-scale disaster or other emergency. In addition, this cable system will respond to the demand for communications between the Okinawa, Kyushu and Honshu regions of Japan, which is expected to continue growing in the future due to the construction of data centers in Okinawa and the launch of 5G services,” said NEC.

NEC, Samsung unveil 5G partnership

NEC  and Samsung have announced a partnership of joint effort to bolster their next generation business portfolio including 5G.

The partnership will seek to bring together the best-in-class technology and expertise in 5G, merging the firms’ 5G and IT services.

“It also provides mobile carriers with flexible 5G solutions that are localized for each region with customized services to meet mobile carriers’ demands efficiently,” NEC said.

“5G development based on standardization will help to accelerate business transformation throughout global markets.” said Atsuo Kawamura, executive vice president and president of the Network Services Business Unit at NEC. “As 5G commercialization is just around the corner, we are confident that the partnership with Samsung will continue to solidify our stance as a 5G leader.”

Samsung has commercialized 5G services across the US and has been selected by a major Korean operator as its 5G vendor. “5G will unlock the potentials, create new values and push the limits of today’s technology,” said Youngky Kim, president and head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics.