Nokia has signed an agreement with Japanese mobile operator NTT DOCOMO to supply 5G baseband products for deployment in a mobile network planned to be in commercial service by 2020.

Nokia will also be enhancing existing baseband units and integrating its 5G New Radio (5G NR)-based AirScale hardware in the network, said the companies in a statement.

Based on the agreement, Nokia  will support NTT DOCOMO in the evolution of its network from 4G/LTE to 5G, providing technology based on the new 3GPP-compliant 5G NR standard, the first stage of which was published shortly before the end of 2017.

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