Mobile Devices

Nokia expands 5G chipsets with Broadcom agreement

16 June 2020

Nokia is expanding its ReefShark 5G chipsets with a new collaboration with Broadcom that will include both companies developing new custom system-on-chip processors.

Nokia said the chipsets will improve both the system performance energy footprint of 5G networks with the chipsets using Nokia’s wireless technology and Broadcom’s application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) technologies.

The chipsets will be deployed as building blocks for Nokia’s AirScale radio access solution that will boost capacity and overall performance as well as lower total cost of ownership for 5G networks.

Meanwhile, Nokia has also been chosen by China Unicom to support the buildout of its 5G standalone core network in China. This agreement expands a previous relationship that it had with the Chinese communications service provider for 4G networks.

With the deal, a 10% share of China Unicom’s 5G core network had been awarded to Nokia and will be used for functions such as setting up connections, bandwidth management, scaling and securing the network as well as support for new software-enabled use cases such as network slicing.

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