So maybe, just maybe, 2020 was a little pessimistic a forecast for commercial rollouts of 5G technology. There's an increasing body of evidence to suggest that this projected launch for the biggest in next generation communications may be coming earlier than expected. The latest addition to that body, meanwhile, is the launch of 4.9G technology from Nokia (News - Alert), as well as AirScale Active Antennas.
Reports note that Nokia plans to make this technology commercially available by the end of this year, which will in turn allow network operators to bolster current network systems and provide a stepping stone to complete 5G access. 5G access will actually require a significant upgrade in infrastructure to work effectively, but with Nokia's new 4.9G systems, this next generation communications technology gets a little closer to active fruition.
That wasn't all Nokia had to offer, though, as it also brought out the AirScale Active Antenna, a system that augments the currently-existing Radio Antenna System Nokia offers, potentially offering cost savings at the site while also offering performance boosts. A complement to 4.9G Cloud RAN technology, the resulting system will allow for complete operations of several different communications technologies, a point that Nokia will be demonstrating later on in a world-first event.
The demonstration of 4.9G AirScale alone—slated to run at this year's Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) event—is expected to produce peak rates of 3 Gbps, which is staggering even by terrestrial standards. Also on hand at the event will be a world-first demonstration of 4.5G Pro CBRS-FDD using commercially-available chipsets, as well as a liquid cooling demonstration that will turn waste energy into useful heat at a rate of around 80 percent, which will drop site power costs still further.
The good news about this is that it represents a major advance in next generation communications, but also addresses one critical problem in the field: what we do until 2020. While we may be seeing some of that wait reduced thanks to things like AT&T (News - Alert)'s early testing, we still have some time to go until the release, and commercial networks are already badly congested. Thanks to the sheer number of use cases for mobile connectivity, we needed an interim solution now, and the various decimal versions—4.5G Pro, 4.9G—may be just what's needed.
We're building toward a real win here, a potential way to address the rural connectivity problem once and for all and a great way to get the capacity we all both need and want. It's all possible with next generation communications, and Nokia is playing a big part in getting there.
Edited by Alicia Young