The development of 5G technology is very important for some companies. Nokia is definitely one of them. Nokia Finland has strong momentum in the mobile communications market and has made Finland stand out in the global competition for the development of 5G technology. Nokia’s share price rose by nearly 30% in 2018, mainly due to the development of its 5G technology. Tim Hatt, GSMA Intelligence research director, said in an interview with “Nokia is trying to return to the leading position through 5G technology, as it has clearly fallen behind in the smartphone era over the past 15 years.”
5G network connections are faster and have shorter latency, reducing interaction delays between devices and increases download speeds. Nokia said that the potential of 5G is not only reflected in the download speed. At the company’s global headquarters in Espoo, Finland, Nokia demonstrated 5G applications in industries ranging from advanced manufacturing to healthcare. For example, the technology enables instant communication between autonomous vehicles or a smart device in the home. Lauri Oksanen, vice president of research and technology at Nokia, said: “I believe that 5G will enter everyone’s life in the next few years.”
In January 2019, Finland will be one of the first countries to launch a commercial 5G network. Swedish telecommunications company Telia is one of the three operators to obtain commercial 5G licenses. Telia has partnered with Nokia to test 5G in Finland. Telia’s 5G project director in Finland, Janne Koistinen, said that Nokia’s achievements in wireless technology, coupled with government support, have enabled Finland to compete with larger countries for 5G technology.