Everybody in the cellular infrastructure game is positioning for the arrival of 5G. So once again it’s time to hear a lot of claims about being first to market with various solutions in this realm.
But Nokia (News - Alert) is taking a more direct approach, by simply naming its new solution Nokia 5G FIRST. Nokia also has put together a full service offer based on Intel architecture and the Intel 5G modem.
The Nokia 5G FIRST solution includes its AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antennas, packet core, and mobile transport solutions. That includes antennas operating at 3.5 and 4.5GHz as well as in the 28 and 39GHz frequency bands. The company says its AirScale and AirFrame solutions now support the KT (News - Alert) Special Interests Group and Verizon 5G Technology Forum specifications.
“Working with operators such as Verizon (News - Alert) we can help them tailor deployments to meet their own customers' unique demands and capitalize first on the opportunities this will bring,” said Samih Elhage, president of mobile networks at Nokia. “And we can leverage the technology to work with industries to identify new uses for 5G now under the 5G community program which will in turn open up even more opportunities for our operator customers."
Verizon in July announced it had completed its 5G radio specification. And it said it was the first U.S. carrier to have achieved that milestone. Verizon 5G Technology Forum members include Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco (News - Alert), Ericsson, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Verizon. The partners have been working in 5G sandboxes at Verizon’s San Francisco and Waltham, Mass., Innovation Centers.
As noted above, massive MIMO has become a hot topic lately. It leverages a large number of service antennas (like hundreds or thousands) to achieve more capacity without more spectrum. In other Nokia news this week, the company announced it’s working with Sprint to demonstrate the benefits of massive MIMO.
“Massive MIMO is a critical part of our strategy to increase the capacity of our LTE Plus network today, and in the future, it will be a key element of our 5G network,” said Sprint’s (News - Alert) Chief Operating Officer of Technology Gunther Ottendorfer. “Working with Nokia to deliver massive MIMO is a competitive advantage for Sprint because it is more easily deployed on 2.5 GHz spectrum due to the smaller form factor of the radios, and it's an important innovation that will take advantage of our deep spectrum holdings.”
Edited by Alicia Young