Nokia, Uni of PH launch telecom engineering lab

Eden Estopace
eGov Innovation

A new learning facility for telecom engineering has been inaugurated at the University of the Philippines, in partnership with Nokia-Manila Technology Center (Nokia-Manila TC).

Located within the university’s Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (EEEI), the UP-Nokia Telecommunications Engineering Laboratory provides students with real-life experience on telecommunications operations.

It features Nokia Networks’ state-of-the-art equipment, including a radio access network that can connect user devices to one of Nokia Networks core network in Asia.

Teodor Drobcsak, head of Nokia-Manila TC, said the equipment will enable students to have a hands-on training and experience on radio resource management, radio resource control, packet scheduler, load control, code allocation, power control, handover control, mobility management, session management, air interface architectures, cellular systems, and many other Telecom-specific subjects.

"Wireless and cellular telecommunications are normally just taught from textbooks,” said EEEI Director Dr. Joel Marciano Jr. “But with the new laboratory our students will actually see the interaction between mobile phones and base stations. It’s experiential, hands-on learning that will be even more effective.”

UP and Nokia also previously launched a Teach In the University Program with the same aim of raising the country’s telecommunications education.

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