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November 16, 2020

Member Spotlight: Meet Nokia’s Ricky Corker .

Member Spotlight: Meet Nokia’s Ricky Corker

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As wireless companies continue to deploy 5G across America, millions of customers will gain access to faster and more reliable connectivity. Emerging technologies such as the IoT and smart cities will be greatly enhanced by 5G, and companies like Nokia are working to ensure that customers have the tools they need to capture its full potential. We met with Ricky Corker, Nokia’s President of Customer Operations, North America, to get his take on the next generation of wireless and what it will mean for mobile customers.

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What is Nokia’s role in wireless, and how has your company’s expertise helped it become one of the world's foremost leaders in 5G and innovation?

Ricky Corker: At Nokia, we create technology that connects the world, and we do this while retaining our core value of ensuring that technology improves peoples’ lives. Today we deliver a complete 5G portfolio globally, covering 5G, distributed cloud, security, network slicing and industrial automation. Globally, our networks support more than 6.4 billion mobile subscribers. Put simply, Nokia helps transform how people live and work.

Nokia operates with a culture of change and evolution, so when we see the market shifting and the business environment moving, we move with it. We’ve been a world leader in wireless technology now for several decades, and we’ve continuously evolved our company to meet the demands of both consumers and technological progress.

What are some exciting things happening at Nokia right now?

Ricky Corker: There’s a lot to be excited about at Nokia because we are at the forefront of 5G evolution here in the U.S. And at Nokia it’s not just about wireless carriers—it’s also about the enterprises and industrial companies that are starting to adopt 5G. We’ve been through 2G, 3G, and 4G, and each were evolutions of existing wireless technologies. 5G is far more transformational than previous generations, providing much higher throughput, very low latency, faster download and upload speeds and more.

5G-enhanced mobile applications will be one of the most exciting improvements for wireless consumers, but there are a lot of innovators out there who are dreaming up use cases that we can't even imagine yet.
Ricky Corker, President of Customer Operations, North America, Nokia

What type of applications will become available to the end users with 5G?

Ricky Corker: For the average customer, 5G is going to be all about enhanced wireless connectivity, which will enable a whole host of mobile applications and services. One example is mobile cloud gaming. Thanks to 5G, we can provide high-definition mobile gaming straight to your wireless device. 5G-enhanced mobile applications will be one of the most exciting improvements for wireless consumers, but there are a lot of innovators out there who are dreaming up use cases that we can’t even imagine yet.

How do you see 5G impacting other emerging technologies like IoT and smart cities?

Ricky Corker: IoT will connect billions of devices through 5G. Think of consumer devices, billions of connected smart watches and medical devices for telemedicine. Think of automation in factories.  Think about smart homes where multiple devices are now going to be connected wirelessly through either Wi-Fi or 5G. It’s going to greatly improve our ability to connect these devices in smarter and more efficient ways.

One of the things that I’m really excited about is that we’re deploying 5G in stadiums and entertainment venues across the U.S. Not only can we upload and download high definition video in real time, but we’ll also be able to use augmented and virtual reality to engage with the sport. Imagine feeling like you’re physically on the field with the players. Imagine getting all the stats and information in real time as you interact with the game around you. With the enhanced connectivity 5G brings, we’ll be able to have a fundamentally different user experience.

CTIA brings together our industry peers to engage in adopting policies that ensure that the U.S. remains at the forefront of wireless innovation.
Ricky Corker, President of Customer Operations, North America, Nokia

What does being a CTIA Member mean for Nokia?

Ricky Corker: Our membership with CTIA is really important because CTIA represents the interests of the wireless industry and the wireless ecosystem here in the U.S. CTIA brings together our industry peers to engage in adopting policies that ensure that the U.S. remains at the forefront of wireless innovation. Through CTIA, we add our voice to the coalition of wireless service providers and customers who work to make sure that we are driving the American wireless ecosystem forward. Nokia is very proud to be a member of CTIA.

You have served on the board of CTIA for several years now. How has that benefited you personally and also benefited the business of Nokia?

Ricky Corker: My membership on the CTIA Board has benefited Nokia in several ways. Take spectrum policy, for example. It is critical that we have spectrum to build more capacity and new features and applications in the networks. Spectrum drives our roadmaps, both short-term and long-term, and allows us to deploy 5G faster, benefiting everybody and feeding directly into our services business.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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