While consumers and businesses wait in anxiety for the first commercial rollouts of 5G wireless networks, they will still have 4G LTE to keep them company as they download their favorite videos and transfer important company data. Nokia (News - Alert), a wireless device manufacturer that plans to continue its dominant presence as a mobile-focused supporter of telecoms, is also biding that time, but perhaps is being more proactive in its approach.
Most consumers and businesses may have no power when it comes to shaping the future of their wireless lives. Nokia, on the other hand, does have the power. A recent report from the company notes that it has introduced the 4.5G Pro mobile radio (an expansion of its existing 4.5G unit) and has plans to introduce a similar 4.9G radio that would allow users to gain a near-5G experience before the real thing comes to pass.
The 4.5G radio, Nokia promises, will improve the speed and capacity capabilities of existing 4G networks. It calls the release “the next step in a technology path that will optimize the journey to 5G.”
Samih Elhage, the president of mobile networks at Nokia, commented further about the development:
“While the ever-connected world of people and IoT drives huge data demands, the speeds enabled by 5G will be a colossal step in operators’ network evolution,” Elhage said. “However, with our 4.5G, 4.5G Pro, and 4.9G technologies, we will provide a smooth evolution path that will allow them to increase capacity and improve the user experience while creating new revenue opportunities.”
The boost in speed that the new Nokia 4.5G Pro radios will offer could reach as high as one gigabit per second. They will work on multiple frequency bands in order to help operators develop their own FDD and TDD spectrum use. It appears that the target use of these new devices will be in large cities where the population can crowd the capacity of current radios. With an increase in capacity, the new Nokia radios should have the potential to deliver higher speeds to more users during peak hours.
The 4.5G Pro and 4.9G devices are also expected to appease businesses that rely on the connection of multiple machines in the Internet of Things (IoT). Consumer network usage can drain mobile signal capacity, but hundreds, thousands, or millions of IoT-connected hardware units such as utility meters or connected home devices can stress a network even more. 5G is expected to remedy that situation, but its predicted arrival date of 2020 will not have the next generation of wireless in full swing for several years.
These patches from Nokia should appease the masses until the coming decade arrives. Even more, the capabilities of 4.9G should play a significant role in mobile use as the rollout of operators’ 5G radios and adoption of consumer 5G handhelds takes hold. Elhage called this a “smooth evolution path,” and if all goes as planned, that is exactly what the world will receive.
Edited by Alicia Young