Vivo selects Nokia as strategic partner for 5G network core

This is a machine-generated translation from Telefonica Brasil’s original press release]

Sao Paulo, May 6, 2022 – Vivo selects Nokia as the provider of signaling and control functions in its new 5G standalone network core (5G SA). With the partnership, Vivo will increase scalability and performance in its 5G SA deployments, with a high standard of reliability and meeting the highest security standards.

The signaling and control elements, defined by the 3GPP standard (NRF, SCP, NSSF, SEPP as a signaling layer and AMF as part of the 5G core) will be part of the authentication process, user mobility, and also responsible for ensuring that the connection between the network and mobile devices works under the best latency and bandwidth conditions, such as:

– Very high capacity bandwidth, with transmission speeds much higher than those provided by the previous technology (5G Non Standalone – NSA);

– Low latency in communication, which makes it possible to provide new services to companies and consumers, such as connected and autonomous vehicles, telemedicine services, security systems, smart industry, among many other applications;

– Massive communication between machines (M2M), including Internet of Things (IoT).

The agreement also allows Vivo to proceed with the strategy of separation between the control plan and the user plan that aligns with the strategy of using multiple vendors for the large-scale implementation of 5G.

Nokia’s 5G SA solution was born in a cloud environment and its functions are implemented in containers, being able to be established in an agnostic way in any infrastructure, with flexibility and scalability.

“With Nokia’s 5G signaling, Vivo will have the flexibility and scalability needed to enable robust growth of its 5G network and to offer new services to its millions of customers. We are proud to be able to carry out such an important joint work to bring 5G to Brazil” said Ailton Santos, Head of Nokia Brazil, regarding the partnership.

For Elmo Matos, Head of Network Planning and Technology at Vivo, “The agreement with Nokia is key to Vivo’s strategy of building a virtualized network core made up of more than one supplier. We will have a more innovative 5G network, which will take Vivo into the future offering new and better services to our customers.”

About Nokia

At Nokia, we create technology that helps the world act together. We are trusted partners for critical networks and are committed to innovation and technology leadership in mobile, fixed and cloud networks. We create value with long-term research and intellectual property, led by award-winning Nokia Bell Labs.

Following the highest standards of integrity and safety, we act to build the capabilities needed for a more productive, sustainable and inclusive world.

About Vivo

Vivo is the trademark of Telefônica Brasil, the leading telecommunications company in the country, with 98.8 million accesses (4Q21) and its purpose is to “Digitalize to Approach”. Vivo is a digital hub, facilitating its customers’ access to services in different areas, such as entertainment, sports, digital security, finance, health and education.

It operates in the provision of fixed and mobile telecommunications services throughout the national territory and has a complete and convergent product portfolio for B2C and B2B customers.

The company is present in 4,900 cities with 3G network, more than 4,400 with 4G – a segment in which it is a market share leader – and 2,900 cities with 4.5G network. In the mobile segment, Vivo has 83.9 million accesses and accounts for the largest market share in the segment (33%) in the country, according to the results of the quarterly balance sheet (4Q21).

Guided by constant innovation and the high quality of its services, Vivo is at the center of a digital transformation, which expands the autonomy, personalization and real-time choices of its customers, putting them in charge of their digital life, with security and reliability .

Telefônica Brasil is part of the Telefónica Group, one of the largest communications conglomerates in the world, with 369 million accesses.

Aware of its responsibility to repay society for the trust it receives in the use of its services, the company relies on the Telefônica Vivo Foundation. In Brazil for 23 years, Fundação Telefônica Vivo is one of the main pillars of social responsibility in Vivo’s ESG concept. Focusing on education in public schools, it contributes to the development and digital inclusion of students

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