Nokia will open an “innovation laboratory” in Dubai

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Nokia announced that it will set up an open innovation laboratory in Dubai. The aim of this lab is to promote technological innovation in the Middle East and Africa. The company also hopes to boost new tech such as AI and ML (machine learning).  The Nokia innovation lab will be a hub for R&D in the vast region. The company said that the new lab will focus on three important areas to bring practical benefits to operators and enterprises:

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1. anyRAN solution for 5G communications

Nokia claims that its anyRAN solution will help develop cloud RAN into a solution that can be used in parallel with purpose-built RAN to ensure performance consistency. This approach provides a range of flexible options for technology vendors. It will also create operating environments to meet operator and enterprise needs for openness and efficiency.

2. Private wireless networks and industrial networks

The lab will display Industry 4.0 use cases based on Nokia’s market-leading MX Industrial Edge (MXIE) platform. This will help enterprises accelerate their transition to Industry 4.0 in the region.

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3. MantaRay solution in the field of network intelligence

Nokia aims to boost the application of AI and ML solutions in network automation and optimization. Nokia’s MantaRay solution portfolio for intelligent network management and automation will be used in this lab.

Mikko Lavanti, Senior Vice President at Nokia, said: “We are happy to launch an Open Innovation Lab in the Middle East and Africa region. This reaffirms our commitment to working with partners such as Dell and HP in key technology areas of the future. This collaboration will boost the adoption of new tech in the region. We can help operators and enterprises improve network efficiency and performance and unlock new opportunities.”

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Benefits of this Lab

The new lab that Nokia will bring to the Middle East and Africa will bring some gains to the region.

  • Job Creation: The lab should create new jobs for local talent. This includes those in research as well as engineers and developers. 
  • Tech Transfer: The lab will also boost the transfer of tech and knowledge from Nokia to local partners. It will help to build a local capacity and expertise.
  • Innovation Ecosystem: The lab will help to create a vibrant innovation ecosystem in the region. This will bring together researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors to drive innovation and growth.
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