While 5G may be years away from standardisation, Nokia is currently considering the possibility of building an early network in the north of Finland.
"We are evaluating the possibility of participating in a 5G test bed in Oulu, focusing among other things on LTE evolution," Lauri Oksanen, VP of technology and research at Nokia Networks, said.
"Although 5G research is well under way, 5G is not yet defined or standardised and will become available only in the next decade (from 2020). However, it is clear that LTE/LTE-Advanced will be part of 5G."
According to Finnish broadcaster YLE, the plans were discussed at the innovation event Northern Glow in Oulu, a city in the north of Finland, last Friday and a team is currently evaluating the viability of the project. A formal decision will be made later in the autumn and if it gets the go ahead the building of the test network could start in early 2015, YLE said.
"This is the very initial phase and so schedule and resources are open," Oksanen said.
The possible 5G test bed is much needed positive news for the city of Oulu, which has been battling with the aftermath of Microsoft layoffs and the closing down of a former Nokia R&D unit in the city. The City of Oulu will participate in the network project alongside University of Oulu and the Finnish Technical Research Centre VTT .
Initially Nokia plans to use the 5G test network to trial and develop LTE and LTE-Advanced radio access technologies.
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