Nokia, UTS open 5G skills centre

James Riley
Editorial Director

Nokia and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) have partnered to launch a Nokia 5G Skills Accelerator training facility at the UTS Botany Tech Lab and Ultimo Data Lounge.

The Nokia training facility was established to see UTS students, academic staff, industry personnel, Nokia customers, business partners and employees given access to the technology, systems and training practices to improve skills and knowledge about next-generation technologies, such as 5G.

Nokia’s Oceania spokesman Tim Marshall said the courses had been developed to help fill knowledge gaps in key areas.

“The course material has been developed by Nokia’s global training and education division, which has a long track record providing high-quality modules for use in academic settings, often as components of formal university qualifications,” he said.

Courses would cover different areas of technology operation, maintenance and support, installation and commissioning, where processes and procedures rapidly evolve according to technology development, Mr Marshall said.

These focus areas include radio access, IP routing, optical and core networks, fixed broadband access, security and Internet of Things platform.

It’s anticipated that more than 1,000 industry personnel and academic students in electrical engineering and telecommunications would go through the accelerator in 2019.

“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,” said Zoltan Losteiner, head of the Oceania region at Nokia.

“We need to accelerate the development of the right skills and knowledge to ensure Australia can reap the full benefits.”

The launch of the accelerator builds on Nokia’s existing partnership with UTS.

Nokia is a member of the UTS Rapido program, which allows the company access to more than 200 researchers and the university’s faculty of engineering and information technology for research areas in data analytics, cyber security, 5G and IoT.

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