Nokia appoints Gabriela Styf Sjöman as Chief Strategy Officer

Nokia has named Gabriela Styf Sjöman as Chief Strategy Officer and member of the firm’s Group Leadership team, effective December 1, 2019.

Sjöman succeeds Kathrin Buvac, who will continue in the role of President of Nokia Enterprise and will remain a member of the Group Leadership Team.

Sjöman – who will be will be based in Espoo, Finland and will report to President and CEO Rajeev Suri – joins Nokia from Telia Company in Sweden, where she has held positions including Deputy Head of Global Services and Operations and Head of Group Networks, and most recently Vice President and Head of Group Network Services and Operations.

In that role she was responsible for technology strategy, architecture, design, delivery and operations for Fixed and Mobile Networks, as well as strategy execution for 5G Readiness for Telia Company Nordics and Baltics.

“We are delighted to welcome Gabriela to Nokia at a pivotal moment in our 5G journey. She brings a wealth of international knowledge and a deep understanding of our industry, its customers and technologies,” said Rajeev Suri, President and CEO of Nokia. “Her insight will be critical in refining our strategy for the future. I also want to thank Kathrin, who has continued to lead our strategy organization in addition to her role as President of Nokia Enterprise since January this year.”

Before joining Telia Company in 2017, Gabriela spent two years with Telecom Italia in Rome as Vice President, Engineering and Telecom Italia Group Labs, following more than a decade at Ericsson in a range of senior roles in China, Germany and the US.

With this appointment, Nokia’s Group Leadership Team will consist of the following members: Rajeev Suri, Nassib Abou-Khalil, Basil Alwan, Hans-Juergen Bill, Kathrin Buvac, Ricky Corker, Joerg Erlemeier, Barry French, Sanjay Goel, Bhaskar Gorti, Federico Guillén, Jenni Lukander, Sandra Motley, Kristian Pullola, Sri Reddy, Gabriela Styf Sjöman, Tommi Uitto and Marcus Weldon.

NOKIA: WE’RE THE ONE STOP SHOP FOR 5G – AND WE’VE GOT IT RIGHT

Nokia has fronted up to MWC 2019 saying its got ‘the right strategy at the right time’ to win at 5G, and heralding a number of ‘world firsts’ in its Australian 5G rollout.

“Nokia arrives at Mobile World Congress as a world leader in 5G, with the industry’s only end-to-end portfolio that is available in all markets around the world,” says Rajeev Suri, Nokia president and chief executive officer.

“We are remarkably well-positioned with more than 20 5G contracts, and almost 100 5G engagements with customers in every region of the world,” Suri says.

“We also believe that there will be a virtuous circle of investment as networks are upgraded to meet the demands of 5G and Nokia has the right portfolio at the right time to meet that need.

The company made a slew of 5G announcements in the lead up to MWC and continued those announcements at the event.

The announcements include the launch of a fixed wireless access FastMile 5G Gateway, delivering 10 to 25-times the speeds of LTE to residential and business subscribers.

Optus is the first operator globally to deploy the indoor gateway in a live network and successfully launch a 5G fixed wireless access service using the 5G New Radio standard.

The plug and play gateway, which Nokia says can achieve twice the indoor coverage, three times the downlink capacity and five time the uplink capacity compared to traditional designs, was recently used to stream 4K video services to some residential customers in Australia in a trial.

Allen Lew, Optus CEO, says the gateway will play an important role in the telco’s commercial 5G fixed-wireless access service.

“With Nokia’s solution, we are able to effectively leverage our existing mobile footprint to quickly provide new ultra-broadband services to customers using 5G FWA.”

Meanwhile a partnership with Vodafone sees the two companies demonstrating two new massive Multiple Input Multiple Output options at MWC: A RFIC based mMIMO antenna and a machine learning powered scheduler for 5G massive MIMO.

The announcements also included the launch of new additions to its AirScale small cells portfolio to extend the performance of 5G indoors and outdoors and enhancements to its Anyhaul transport portfolio to deliver throughput speeds of up to 25Gbps to base stations.

Nokia logged net sales of EUR22.6 billion last finical year, down three percent on the previous year, with operating loss at EUR59 million, up 16 percent year on year.

Nokia is counting on 5G – and that much touted end to end portfolio – to further boost its sales over the coming year, though the company acknowledges that it expects the first half of the year to be ‘soft’ with 5G rollouts staggered over the course of the year.

In announcing the financials earlier this year, Suri said Nokia’s view of a ‘fast and meaningful shift to 5G’ remained unchanged.

While Nokia is banking on 5G, so to are telco operators according to the Nokia 5G Maturity Index, released this week.

The index shows two-thirds of operators expect 5G to create new revenue streams, while more than 70 percent of operators are focused on 5G to help improve existing consumer services.

The most popular 5G use cases identified by operators included multi-gigabit mobile connectivity, connected cars and autonomous vehicles, tactile internet experiences such as augmented and virtual reality, critical healthcare monitoring, smart city apps and smart home services.

Nokia names new President of Fixed Networks Business Group

Nokia has appointed Sandra D. Motley as President of its Fixed Networks Business Group effective January 1, 2019.

Motley, who will report to Nokia President and CEO Rajeev Suri, is succeeding Federico Guillén, who as previously announced has been named President of Customer Operations, EMEA & APAC effective January 1, 2019.

“Sandy is an exceptional leader with comprehensive executive management background across global business functions, and she brings business acumen, strong customer relationship skills, and proven success in leading cross-functional teams to deliver on challenging business and operational objectives. I am pleased that she has accepted this role,” said Suri.

Nokia tipped Motley as a seasoned telecommunications professional with leadership experience spanning business development, sales, marketing, research, product development, portfolio management and strategy. 

She started her career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, held a range of R&D and sales leadership positions at Alcatel-Lucent in both fixed and wireless businesses, and then joined Nokia in 2016. 

At Alcatel-Lucent, her roles included leading sales for U.S. wireless accounts and serving as COO for that company’s wireless business, where she was responsible for R&D, Quality and Operational functions.

After joining Nokia, Motley oversaw end-to-end solutions for the North America market, and most recently, she has held the role of COO for the Fixed Networks business group.

 

Nokia bags EUR 500m as EU backs firm’s 5G research

Nokia has signed a EUR 500 million loan transaction with the European Investment Bank (EIB), supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), a key element of the Investment Plan for Europe, also known as the Juncker Plan.

Nokia, which will use the loan to further accelerate its research and development of 5G technology, said its end-to-end network proposition goes from the radio network to the internet protocol (IP) and optical networks for transmission, the packet core network, service platforms and all the software and services associated with the whole system.

“In essence, Nokia’s portfolio covers all the needs of a telecom operator that wishes to provide fully converged fixed-mobile communications services critical for the era of 5G,” it said.

EIB VP Alexander Stubb, responsible for lending in Northern Europe, said 5G was happening faster than most people expected. “It’s anticipated that it will enable entirely new business cases, while dramatically enhancing existing wireless applications,’ he said. “I think bringing 5G to the market will definitely improve people’s lives, as the motto for the EIB’s 60th anniversary states.”

“This financing bolsters our 5G research efforts and continues the broader momentum we have already seen this year in terms of customer wins and development firsts, supporting our relentless drive to be a true leader in 5G – end-to-end,” said Nokia CFO Kristian Pullola.

 

Nokia, T-mobile announce key US$3.5 billion, multi-year 5G network agreement for US rollout

Nokia has struck a key U$3.5 billion agreement with T-Mobile to support the rollout of the operator’s planned nationwide US 5G network.

Under the agreement, Nokia will provide T-Mobile with its complete end-to-end 5G technology, software and services portfolio. It said it will be assisting “the Un-carrier in its efforts to bring its 5G network to market for customers in the critical first years of the 5G cycle.”

Nokia will help build T-Mobile’s 5G network with 600 MHz and 28 GHz millimeter wave 5G capabilities compliant with 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standards.

Specifically, T-Mobile will utilise a range of products across Nokia’s end-to-end 5G technology, software and services portfolio, including commercial AirScale radio platforms and cloud-native core, AirFrame hardware, CloudBand software, SON and 5G Acceleration Services.

Nokia said the collaboration will see the firms developing, testing and launching next generation of connectivity services covering a wide range of industries, including enterprise, smart cities, utilities, transportation, health, manufacturing, retail, agriculture and government agencies.

Ashish Chowdhary
Ashish Chowdhary

“Nokia and T-Mobile will advance the large-scale deployment of 5G services throughout the United States,” said Nokia chief customer operations officer Ashish Chowdhary.

“This is a testament to our companies’ strong and productive working relationship, one which has produced several important technological milestones in recent months, and which now allows us to make 5G a commercial reality.”

Nokia said 5G promises to enable faster speeds, massive connectivity, decade-long battery life for sensors and super-responsive and reliable networks for customers. “This will unleash on-demand virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences, driverless vehicles, medical monitoring, advanced industrial automation services, and so much more – all requiring ubiquitous low latency connectivity,” the vendor added.

“We are all in on 5G,” said T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray. “Every dollar we spend is a 5G dollar, and our agreement with Nokia underscores the kind of investment we’re making to bring customers a mobile, nationwide 5G network. “

Nokia, China Mobile cement development collaboration with new €1b frame agreement

Nokia and China Mobile have signed a one-year frame agreement – valued at up to  €1billion – to underpin the mobile operator’s move to a future-oriented network infrastructure, while delivering seamless connectivity to meet growing data traffic demand.


Under the agreement, Nokia will provide China Mobile with best-in-class, end-to-end technology services to enable a next-generation network for the age of the cloud and machine communications. Nokia will provide additional elements of its mobile radio access and core portfolio in addition to fixed access, IP routing and optical transport, customer experience management, as well as its services expertise delivering the quality, speed and reliability needed.

Going forward, the companies will work closely to create the products and services that will enable the operator to explore new opportunities in vertical markets.

To that end, Nokia and China Mobile have signed a memorandum of understanding for research and testing of the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning capabilities of next-generation networks for the delivery of intelligent network optimization and radio resource management.

Nokia noted that the frame agreement builds on a longstanding relationship between the firms in developing, testing and rolling out new technologies to enable seamless cloud connectivity and faster, more affordable internet access, meeting new demand while evolving networks for the future.

Nokia, Sudatel partnership to deploy suite of ultra-broadband services in Sudan

Nokia and Khartoum-based telco Sudatel have joined forces to trial the vendor’s 4.5G Pro, 4.9G and 5G mobile technologies along with Nokia’s fixed fiber-to-the-home suite in a id to improve the mobile and residential broadband experience in Sudan.

The collaboration – which will focus initially on boosting mobile data services in the capital city of Khartoum – will see the companies conducting several different use-case tests using Nokia fixed and mobile technologies in Nokia Laboratories in Espoo, Finland and Antwerp, Belgium.

In addition, Nokia and  Sudatel will evaluate how the 5G-ready AirScale radio access range can increase capacity and speeds right now, while providing a path to 5G in the future.

As part of Sudatel’s 2020 strategy, the company is transforming its fixed access and mobile service offerings. “The company wants to enhance the subscriber experience on any device, in the home and on-the-move with high-speed delivery of voice, data and video and fixed and mobile packages, as well as e-government, e-health and other consumer and business services,” said Nokia.

“Bringing Nokia’s technology expertise and innovations to Sudan is very strategic for us in the execution of our vision of becoming the most admired ICT provider in Africa,” said Sudatel CEO  Tarig Zain El Abdein.