16 Jan 2020
EUR 100.3 million
Industries and services
NIB and the Finnish multinational telecom company Nokia have signed a loan agreement totalling EUR 250 million to finance research and development activities related to 5G mobile technology.
The loan, which has an average maturity of approximately 5 years after disbursement, will finance Nokia’s extensive research and development programme focused on fifth-generation (5G) activities in Europe in 2018–2020. The investment will especially concentrate on developing new 5G-related end-to-end product offerings for different business areas.
5G is the next generation of wireless systems beyond the current 4G standards, providing a substantial increase in network capacity, reducing latency delays and enabling network slicing. Network slicing gives network operators greater ability to differentiate their services to match clients’ needs.
Nokia’s 5G research and development program also focuses on the implementation of the “Internet of Things”, machine-type communication between the things humans have invented. In practice, this means a network of different devices, such as home appliances, vehicles and other electronics, being able to exchange data wirelessly.
“The business opportunities of 5G are numerous, as it will be the first mobile generation designed from the beginning for machine-type communication. Nokia’s research and development is likely to benefit not just the telecom sector, but also several high-technology operators in our member countries,” says Henrik Normann, NIB President & CEO.
Nokia is a Finnish multinational telecommunications and information technology company founded in 1865. In 2017, Nokia employed approximately 102,000 people across over 100 countries, did business in more than 130 countries, and reported annual revenues of around EUR 23 billion.
NIB is an international financial institution owned by eight member countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. The Bank finances private and public projects in and outside the member countries. NIB has the highest possible credit rating, AAA/Aaa, with the leading rating agencies Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.
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