Nokia to Deploy 5G Private Network at UBT, Kosovo
Nokia will deploy industrial-grade Digital Automation Cloud 5G standalone (SA) private wireless networking at the University for Business and Technology (UBT) in Pristina, Kosovo. Under an initial three-year agreement, the company will provide UBT with 5G SA private wireless connectivity. This will enable development of 5G-based research and testing for a number of use cases driven by IoT and AI t, as part of efforts to drive research and innovation.
The network will be based on Digital Automation Cloud (DAC), a digitalization platform capable of providing reliable, high-bandwidth, very high device density and low latency through different enabling technologies and capabilities such as edge computing, slicing and virtualization. As part of the agreement, Nokia will also provide solution integration, deployment and support services.
“The ability to deploy the first dedicated 5G private wireless network in Kosovo will enable us to remain at the forefront of research and development locally. It provides immense impetus as we explore new applications and use cases that we believe will drive innovation and will have an impact on the Kosovan digital economy overall,” said Edmond Hajrizi, Founder and President of University for Business and Technology.
“UBT’s investment in 5G with Nokia represents a major breakthrough for both organizations in the region. Internationally, we see leading research institutions turning to the reliable, secure and high-bandwidth capabilities of 5G to accelerate their research into immersive, IoT, analytics, AI and automation – which all contribute to advancing Industry 4.0,” said Michael Siegel, Director of Sales at Nokia Enterprise South-East Europe.
Research at UBT supports Kosovo’s ambitions to establish a knowledge society by working with enterprises and the public sector to deploy infrastructure that supports research, development and innovation. This will ultimately contribute to attracting resources at local and international levels and support the country’s future economic prosperity. Nokia 5G private wireless networking enables an array of research initiatives including the 5G4KMU project in Baden-Württemberg and the Technical University Kaiserslautern in Germany.
A compact, easy-to-deploy platform, DAC comprises 5G Core and 5G radio access network, a cloud-based operation monitoring system and industrial connectors that ease standard and industry-specific protocol connectivity. It also features new device management capability that seamlessly integrates 5G smartphones and other wireless devices. Nokia has deployed mission-critical networks to over 1,500 leading customers in the transport, energy, large enterprise, manufacturing, webscale, and public sector segments around the globe.