Nokia (News - Alert)'s coming into a very busy season; not only was there word recently about Nokia's plan to show off 4.9G connectivity at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) event, but there are also signs it will be bringing even more than that to the show. The newest reports suggest that it has some new systems on hand to allow for rapid creation of private end-to-end networks using several different currently-existing Nokia technologies.
The biggest new package features Nokia's Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) systems, along with its Cloud Packet Core, Flexi Zone, and its expertise in global services provision. With these systems running in tandem, the end result will be a slate of new services available to users that should make Nokia an even more attractive option in the field. The use of MEC systems will improve commercial accessibility to not only multi-operator systems, but also to multi-access network interworking. MEC will also provide access to aggregated enterprise Wi-Fi options as well as private wireless networks, which should both improve connectivity and security within the enterprise.
Further, Nokia has enlisted some help to try out the new technology, and has brought in Boingo (News - Alert) for the trial effort. Boingo, which deals in next-generation communications networks, noted that one of its major focuses is network functions virtualization (NFV), and Nokia's MEC systems should be a welcome new ally in terms of getting more NFV capability into the field.
Nokia will also be demonstrating its MulteFire release live service running on a Flexi Zone small cell, which will show MulteFire's capabilities today in boosting network performance via carrier aggregation as well as potential new development opportunities therein to drive narrowband Internet of Things (IoT) systems down the line.
No matter how you slice it, Nokia has a lot going on at the upcoming Mobile World Congress event. In general, this is great news, though perhaps only provisionally great. While it's commonly a good idea to have fingers in several different pies—it reduces the chance that the failure of any one of these will be a bet-the-company disaster—it increases the business' complexity and gives rise to the possibility that some tricks will be missed because focus is split among too many different directions. It's the old story of the plate-spinner; sometimes you just can't keep all those plates moving.
However, if Nokia is cognizant of the risks and is working to damp these down accordingly, then the risk should be minimal and the results of further diversification should end well. Diversification can be a valuable thing, if it's done right. Nokia can likely do that job nicely, with a little care.
Edited by Alicia Young