Why Nokia is Looking at 5G, LTE-M, Small Cells and Ultra Dense Networks?

Why-Nokia-Networks-is-Expanding-its-Possibilities?Having done well on 4G, Nokia Networks is now expanding its possibilities and looking at converged technologies like 5G, LTE-M, small cells and ultra dense networks to increase its market share in mobile broadband.

In terms of technologies, the focus is on 5G, telco cloud, ultra dense networks, predictive marketing, big data analytics, security solutions and smart location experiences.

Speaking on mobile broadband Arno Koch, head, Business Development, Mobile Broadband, Nokia Networks said, “To satisfy ever increasing data demand, operators need to evolve with flexible and scalable network architecture to modernize, re-farm and add more capacity into their macro layer and building new small cells. For doing this, an infrastructure needs to re-engineer to avoid opex growth while data keeps adding.”

Presently, Nokia is LTE/TD-LTE supplier to 13 out of the 15 largest operators by LTE subscriber count and in all these networks one is seeing doubling of traffic every year leading to deployment of ultra dense networks, cloud and 5G. To make a mark, Nokia is investing heavily in small cells and WiFi technology as the target is to give operators a competitive edge in technology, performance and value.

On 5G, Nokia Networks is focusing on pre-standardized 5G deployment during Winter Olympics in 2018 at Pyeongchang in South Korea and pre-commercial 5G deployment during Summer Olympics in July/August 2020 at Tokyo in Japan. Nokia Networks is working with SK Telecom in South Korea and NTT docomo in Japan with respect to 5G deployment.

For 5G, the company has lot of tasks in hand such as new radio access technology for ultra dense networks, architectural evolution and multi-technology integration, frame structure optimization and designing for flexibility, scalability and reliability. The company is also focusing in a big way for good security solutions as it will help operators in running their network 24*7.

Nokia Networks plans to power the Internet of Things or LTE-M era with 5G connectivity and the focus is on wearables, sensors and automotives.

Discussing about FutureWorks, Suresh Kalyanasundaram, senior specialist, Technology & Innovation Research, Nokia Networks said, “FutureWorks represents concepts, innovations and technologies that demonstrate possibilities (not commitments) for our future portfolio and roadmaps. As part of it, Nokia is heavily engaged in demonstrating leadership in internal and collaborative 5G research such as 5GPPP, METIS, NYU and few others. Nokia is also collaborating with some of the top operators like NTT docomo in Japan and SK Telecom in Korea for example.”

To make a mark in mobile broadband, Nokia sees partnering as a strategic pillar to become the world’s end-to-end mobile connectivity expert. With an entrepreneurial approach, the Partner Business Unit (PBU) develops Nokia’s partner business globally by extending the Nokia partner ecosystem and by creating and enhancing alternative sales channels.

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