Comcast, Nokia team on 5G private wireless networks

Jan. 27, 2022
Comcast will leverage the Nokia DAC (Digital Automation Cloud) for the service, which the two companies will demonstrate at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia during the current quarter.

Comcast Business says it is working with Nokia on enabling delivery of 5G private wireless networks via Comcast Business. Comcast will leverage the Nokia DAC (Digital Automation Cloud) for the service, which the two companies will demonstrate at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia during the current quarter. Comcast says the non-exclusive collaboration also will leverage what it called “other wireless strategic innovations.”

The private network offering will leverage private LTE and 5G capabilities. In the showcase at the home of the Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Philadelphia Wings, the two companies will demonstrate the ability to improve fan experiences, potentially via such applications as immersive court-side, rink-side, and outdoor video; digital signage; the provision of such information as parking flow or expected wait times on the way out of the venue.

“Wells Fargo Center is one of the world’s busiest and most innovative sports and entertainment venues, and thanks to this partnership with Comcast Business and Nokia, in addition to our $300 million Transformation project, our arena will remain on the cutting edge of the modern fan experience for years to come,” said Valerie Camillo, president of business operations for Wells Fargo Center. “This state-of-the-art network will not only provide unprecedented experiences for our fans, but it will also bolster our health and safety measures, our security protocols, and much more.”

In addition to sports venues, Comcast expects customers such as business enterprises, and governments will be interested in the offering.

“No two companies are alike – and neither are their connectivity needs. With this strategic partnership, Comcast Business is able to expand its robust portfolio of connectivity solutions to include end-to-end private networking, offering sports and entertainment venues and enterprise customers a one-stop-shop for advanced connectivity solutions,” said Bob Victor, senior vice president, product, Comcast Business. “The unique combination of our network, WiFi expertise, Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, spectrum, and managed services, will enable enterprises to address their business challenges head-on while ensuring their network infrastructure remains available, reliable and secure.”

“Nokia 5G industrial-grade private wireless network solutions are designed to meet the security, coverage and performance requirements for a wide range of organizations seeking to restructure their business operations and improve customer experience,” added Stephan Litjens, vice president, Enterprise Solutions, Nokia Cloud and Networking Services. “In selecting Nokia as a private wireless connectivity partner, Comcast Business can combine its technical expertise, market reach and expanded network solutions to become a leading provider of private wireless to enterprises in North America.”

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