Give Nokia (News - Alert) credit; it's impossible to consider this company as just resting on its collective laurels. In the last few days, we've seen a host of new technologies the company was either actively developing or planning to demonstrate firsthand. Now, a new such technology has emerged: a new breed of fiber technology that will provide some of the backbone for the low-latency, high-capacity systems that the upcoming 5G era will offer.
The reports are already encouraging, and we're still somewhere around three years out for commercial 5G releasing. Word is that the new next generation communications systems are delivering 10 Gbps passive optical network (PON) capabilities, which should go quite some way toward providing the kind of throughput and flexibility required to make this network as great as it could be.
With the new technology, operators will be better able to put PONs to work in fiber-to-the-home deployments, which allows 5G to not just be a mobile wireless technology, but also potentially a means to connect individual homes as well. Since this new setup allows networks to be built without the need to make either parallel or dedicated networks in the process, operators can better put radio cells to work in a fixed network, and augment that network as needs require.
As small cell technology is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38 percent through 2021 by an ABI Research (News - Alert) report, the end result is a better use of small cells and potentially a means to break right through that projected number as more providers put it to use.
Plus, a new mobile transport solution is in play, adding new capability to the 7360 ISAM FX access node as well as the 7368 ISAM ONT optical network termination system. With these two suitably augmented, it becomes that much easier to deliver incredible capacity, which is exactly what 5G will need.
Most of us likely remember when Nokia was the king of breeds for mobile phones, and how that disastrous loss to Apple's original iPhone (News - Alert) all but crippled the company for a while. More than anything, Nokia's spectacular return to the fore of next generation communications illustrates how vital it is to diversify into at least a couple different markets to better weather a potential downturn in one market. Now, Nokia's on track to be an infrastructure kingpin in a time when we're looking at a major connectivity move, and that should give the company a lot of extra room.
Nokia's contribution to the field of next generation communications can't be understated, and serves as proof that it's always possible to come back from just about anything, even a quantum leap in a primary industry.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi