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News 19.02.2018

Siemens acquires Finnish 5G testing pioneer Sarokal

Siemens has announced the acquisition of Finnish company Sarokal Test Systems Oy, whose products are used by chipset vendors, fronthaul equipment manufacturers, and telecom operators to develop, test and verify their 4G and 5G network devices from the early design stages through implementation and field-testing. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018. The terms of the transaction are not disclosed.

"The addition of Sarokal's one-of-a-kind fronthaul testing expertise is expected to provide our Veloce emulator customers with a unique advantage," said Eric Selosse, vice president and general manager, Mentor Emulation Division, a Siemens business. "Sarokal's tester technology in conjunction with Mentor's Veloce emulation platform will enable customers to 'shift left' the validation of 4G and 5G designs for accurate and timely pre- and post-silicon testing."

Focus on early customer adoption of 5G

Based in the city of Oulu, a hi-tech hub in northern Finland, Sarokal has been at the forefront of the development of the 5G specification and its requirements for fronthaul networks since its inception. Sarocal's tester product family addresses the entire development and maintenance flow for cellular and wired transmission system testing.

"Becoming part of Siemens and integrating our technology into the Veloce emulation platform will give us greater visibility into early customer adoption of 5G, which can help us maintain our leadership as this segment is forecasted to grow rapidly," said Sarokal's CEO Harri Valasma in a statement.

Finland offers excellent 5G testing environment

The city of Oulu is Finland's Silicon Valley for 5G innovation, with its 5G Test Network (5GTN) providing an open innovation platform for next generation 5G services. In the Helsinki region, Aalto University has built a 5G test network with Nokia and Ericsson which is available for test projects at its Otaniemi campus. Huawei also has notable R&D activities in the region.

"Oulu is globally recognised as a hotbed for 5G research. The new 5G network in the Helsinki region is also an ideal test network environment for companies developing new 5G-enabled solutions and business concepts," says Markku Lehikoinen, Senior Advisor, Business Finland.

Siemens has a long history in Finland

Technology giant Siemens has been doing business in Finland for more than 160 years after constructing a telegraph line from St. Petersburg to Helsinki in 1855. The company has made a significant contribution to the technological development of the society. Today Siemens operates in Finland as Siemens Oy, Healthcare Solutions, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics and Siemens Financial Services.