Increasingly, Nokia (News - Alert) is a name to watch in not just next generation communications, but also in 5G development. One of its latest developments on this front is what's called the “AnyHaul” mobile transport portfolio, a set of new tools that should bring a lot of new capability into 5G development operations.
With the AnyHaul system, users get access to a complete end-to-end networking system that can be programmed to work as needed, especially useful for next generation communications operations. It draws on quite a bit of previous development in the Nokia stable, including Nokia's previous work in mobile, optical, microwave, fixed access, and other technologies. With all of these technologies in place, Nokia could then work to improve these for so-called “fronthaul” operations, which depend on much narrower ranges of latency.
Now, Nokia's lineup is not only better equipped for latency-sensitive operations, but also for cell site connections that can reach into the 10Gbps range. That's a significant boost from the previous interface geared toward 2G and 3G—as well as LTE (News - Alert)—operations which called for a 1 Gbps interface, and demanded little more than that for the better part of 10 years. The kind of improvement that 5G will represent, meanwhile, will require a lot more powerful backbone.
An impressive concept, but it doesn't stop there. Nokia will also have several other mobile transport tools available, including the Wavence Microwave Portfolio. The Wavence system represents a new advance in the Nokia 9500 Microwave Packet Radio Family, including points like compact E-band radio, carrier software defined networking (SDN) and several other points to make it a powerful new entry. Add on a new IP / MPLS router in the 7250 Interconnect Router R6, a complete line of optical anyhaul mobile transport solutions.
That's an impressive package of new offerings, and if anything, it demonstrates that Nokia is stepping rapidly to the forefront of next generation communications. We've seen it working on several fronts so far, routinely improving old product lines and bringing out new ones, all in aid of keeping itself at the tip of the spear for new developments. Some might even suggest that this is Nokia learning the lesson that knocked it mostly out of the mobile device market almost 10 years ago, and keeping its technology as current as possible so that it doesn't suffer the fate it did when the iPhone (News - Alert) first started up.
In the end, what this means is good news for the end users, who will be able to enjoy an array of services powered by Nokia hardware. That's hardware that will likely keep up well with further changes in the field, and deliver the best in customer experience for some time to come.
Edited by Alicia Young