Nokia has assisted mobile operators Telenor and Telia for the deployment of shared wireless network supporting a Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) feature.
The 5G MOCN feature was deployed on a trial network in Denmark and verified with end-to-end test calls. MOCN, the most advanced network architecture model allowing for network sharing, enables distinct mobile operators with their own core network to share a common radio access network infrastructure as well as spectrum resources.
This is the first network to include live MOCN capabilities for 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G simultaneously. The live trial utilized Nokia’s end-to-end 5G technology, including 5G RAN and 5G cloud core.
Network sharing is a cost-effective way for two or more mobile operators to build and roll out a network at scale without duplicating efforts. It is an important strategic consideration for operators that helps them to quickly deploy 5G networks to consumers and businesses while keeping costs to a minimum.
As 5G networks require a higher density of radio equipment, such as small cells, to deliver the right performance and coverage, network sharing results in overall lower power consumption compared to individual networks.
Tommi Uitto, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “Deploying 5G networks can be an expensive undertaking for mobile operators in the most competitive markets. This trial highlights that through network sharing, operators can drive efficiencies and lower costs.”
Georg Svendsen, CTO at Telenor, said: “Network sharing is a clear strategic priority for Telenor to continuously deliver one of the best mobile networks in the world, supporting safe and reliable connectivity to our private and business users.”
Henrik Kofod, CTO at Telia Denmark, said: “Network sharing is a great choice when it comes to building sustainable 5G networks. When we maximize our resource utilization, we lower our carbon footprint and optimize our investments.”