• Nokia and Kyndryl’s new collaboration focuses on bringing AI and cloud computing in wireless networks (enforcing 4G and 5G networks into businesses).
  • Private 5G networks can significantly benefit businesses as they don’t share bandwidth with others.
  • It will also make it easy to leverage new technologies such as ML, AI, and robotics.

Kyndryl, the former infrastructure services business of IBM, signed a deal with Nokia to develop cloud computing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) over wireless networks and, thus, automate factories.

A private 4G or 5G network provides dedicated access to the specific customer, using either licensed, unlicensed, or shared spectrum, with almost no contribution or resources shared by any third party.

By moving down to the path of 4G and 5G networks, customers can define the scale, rollout pace, and technology use. It also ensures them a certain level of performance for their applications. In particular, 5G networks come with the promise of high-speed connections for businesses as they do not share bandwidth with others. This makes it ideal to apply technologies such as Machine Learning, robotics, and AI.

The partnership

The partnership will bring together Nokia’s networking technology, including Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC), and Kyndryl’s design management, consultancy, and managed services expertise.

Nokia is already working on the private 5G gear with over 400 customers and plans to pitch Kyndryl’s 4,000 business customers jointly. According to Grand View Research, the global private 5G network market is expected to reach USD14.28 billion by 2028.

The two companies will also work together to bring innovations in networking, edge cloud, network operations, and cellular core.

Experts’ view

“By combining Kyndryl’s world-class services expertise and global reach with Nokia’s mission-critical, industry-leading private wireless and industrial edge computing solutions, we will enable even more organizations to transform their operations, accelerate their digitalization journey and reap the benefits of Industry 4.0,” said Chris Johnson, head of Nokia’s global enterprise business.

“As enterprises across every industry are seeking new ways to digitally transform their operations, 5G and edge computing grow so they can harness the promise of these emerging technologies,” added Paul Savill, global practice leader of the network and edge computing for Kyndryl.

“By collaborating with Nokia, we’re taking another step forward in helping our customers unlock the power of LTE and 5G through a secure, private environment that helps them deliver tailored enterprise-grade edge solutions that drive new value for their bottom lines and next-gen customer experiences.”