Development in the 5G and next generation communications space has been proceeding steadily for the last several months now, and we're seeing new signs of life starting up worldwide. One of the most recent bursts on this growing frontier is New Zealand, where Spark and Nokia (News - Alert) have gotten together in a new arrangement that turns Spark into a flare as next generation communications companies go.
The new partnership calls for Spark to upgrade its network drawing on Nokia's toolset and systems to carry out the upgrade. It's a three-year strategic partnership, and will include the use of such systems as Nokia's 7250 Interconnect Router R6 (IXR-R6) to augment both the core and backhaul systems at Spark.
The IXR-R6 itself, meanwhile, boasts several exciting facets to its operation; it offers a complete slate of interconnectivity options, allowing legacy systems to work with the device every bit as well as the latest in latency-sensitive Ethernet capability. It will also work with more intermittent or “bursty” traffic, which makes it well-suited to Internet of Things (IoT) systems.
With this new arrangement, Spark has effectively committed to putting New Zealand near the tip of the spear on 5G upgrades. Since Spark has previously worked with Nokia in the construction of an IP / MPLS network, there are few issues expected to crop up as a result of the operation.
Spark's general manager of partnering, procurement and vendor management Rajesh Singh commented, “This strategic partnership is a key step for us to realize our vision of a data-driven future for New Zealand. Nokia is helping us to achieve worldwide leadership in preparing for 5G. It will allow us to offer our customers the most advanced mobile and fixed broadband services anywhere, efficiently and securely.”
The development of 5G systems is increasingly vital, particularly as this system is expected to do quite a bit for the future of next generation communications. Expected to be a vital boost for the IoT market, as well as solving the rural connectivity gap problem that's plagued nations since dial-up stopped really being a thing, there's a lot riding on 5G, and that's before the urbanites discover how much faster video streams on their phones with it.
Nokia and Spark's latest partnership effort should go a long way toward giving New Zealand the new high-speed connectivity it needs to carry on in the changing world. It's already done quite well at staying near the forefront of new technology, and this latest move should only help.
Edited by Alicia Young