Monday, 08 October 2018 10:12

Nokia partners UTS in 5G skills accelerator


Nokia is partnering with the University of Technology Sydney to launch a new training facility — the Nokia 5G Skills Accelerator — aimed at increasing Australian industry knowledge and skills in next-generation telecommunications technologies.

Nokia says the accelerator is designed to enhance skills in technologies like 5G as well as fostering their integration into Australian academic programs.

It says more than 1000 industry personnel and students, in fields such as electrical engineering and electrical engineering in telecommunications are expected to attend the 5G Skills Accelerator at UTS in 2019.

The Nokia 5G Skills Accelerator at UTS aims to provide UTS students, academic staff, industry personnel and Nokia’s customers, business partners and employees with access to the very latest technologies, systems and training practices supporting the next generation of telecommunications.

Based in the new UTS Botany Tech Lab and Ultimo Data Lounge, the Nokia training facility will equip students with best-in-class knowledge and skills supporting the implementation and operation of the latest technologies that will underpin both fixed and mobile ultra-broadband access and communication service delivery in Australia.

Course focus areas will span technology domains including radio access, IP routing, optical and core networks, fixed broadband access, security and IoT platforms.

“The Nokia 5G Skills Accelerator at UTS is a fantastic addition to our new Botany Tech Lab and Ultimo Data Lounge, providing access to the latest technologies that will enable 5G and the future of Australia’s communications networks," says Myriam Amielh, associate dean, External Engagement at UTS.

"We are very excited about the opportunities to bring together academic and industry learning groups into this dynamic environment in such an important area of development. We are delighted to extend our industry collaboration with Nokia in this way, enhancing our own teaching capabilities and helping Nokia put its Australian customers and industry partners at the forefront of global development.”

Zoltan Losteiner, head of the Oceania region at Nokia, said: “Australia will be among the world leaders in 5G adoption and can be a pacesetter in the development of new mission-critical services in areas like industrial IoT.

"We need to accelerate the development of the right skills and knowledge to ensure Australia can reap the full benefits, and Nokia is proud to partner with UTS in this new national training facility. Nokia has a strategy, innovation engine and technology portfolio completely geared for 5G, and now we will build the local industry skills capacity to take Australia forward.”

The Nokia 5G Skills Accelerator at UTS builds on an MoU focused on developing Australia’s 5G and IoT capability through industrial collaboration and advanced engineering projects.

Nokia is a member of the UTS Rapido program, which leverages the diverse expertise of more than 200 researchers at the university's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology for research in areas such as data analytics, cyber security, 5G and IoT.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).



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