Adding to the industry push towards greater communications technology diversity through open radio access network (Open RAN) solutions, Nokia has forged a partnership with Brazil’s Telecommunications Research and Development Centre (CPQD) to jointly develop applications and systems based on the Open RAN-compliant near-real time RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC).
The RIC is a virtualised 5G optimisation technology that adds programmability to a RAN and enables artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) as well as new services.
It provides a framework for deploying applications from multiple sources. The result is a near-real time RIC platform that can provide functions and interfaces that boost optimisation, enables automation and provides faster and more flexible service deployments.
Founded in 1976, CPQD is one of Brazil’s largest independent research and development institutions in the field of information technologies. Its mission is to enhance Brazil’s technology-related competitiveness as well as improve the digital inclusion of society.
The partnership with Nokia will see CPQD become the first research centre in Latin America to work on applications for the RIC platform. It will focus on 5G use cases in cooperation with Nokia’s Brazilian mobile operator customers, including fixed wireless access (FWA), smart cities, the internet of things