On Monday, Nokia, Finnish telecom equipment maker, announced that China Unicom had selected it to supply around 10 percent share of its 5G core network, confirming an earlier statement to Reuters by Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri.
Nokia said in a statement, adding the deal corresponded to a 10 percent share that “China Unicom has chosen Nokia to support the buildout of its 5G SA Core network in China, marking an expansion of Nokia’s existing 4G working relationship with the Chinese communication service provider.”
At the end of April, Nokia’s Suri told Reuters in an interview that Nokia had won a 10 percent share of China Unicom’s 5G core network, alongside rivals Huawei and ZTE.
The company said that “The core network performs a variety of functions, including setting up connections, bandwidth management, scaling and securing the network, and, now with 5G, opening up the network to support new, software-enabled use cases such as network slicing.”
Despite progress in its core network sales in China, Nokia has been on the sidelines for larger China radio network orders, which include masts, antennas, and other equipment.
According to media reports, the company did not win any 5G radio contracts from Chinese telecom companies – China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom – in recent bidding rounds.