Nokia Claims Its Virtual Testing Solutions Expedite 5G Deployments

Nokia today said its patent-pending 5G virtual testing solutions are helping operators deploy 5G networks at a much faster pace. For example, in Oulu, Finland, Nokia works with operators to simulate massive MIMO antenna beamforming performance by combining physical testing with a leading edge virtual environment.

For the 5G virtual testing, Nokia combines a physical over-the-air test environment with virtual reality (VR) to test and verify the optimal site locations of the antennas for operators in a test lab. The test lab simulates a multitude of different physical environments to improve both the accuracy and performance of 5G mMIMO beamforming antennas in the real world.

The lab is also used to verify ReefShark chipset massive performance gains and test ReefShark components in complete radio systems as ReefShark based deployments are continuing to accelerate. Furthermore, the test lab is instrumental in the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorthms, which are vital to maximize the capabilities and spectral efficiency of mMIMO antennas.

By combining the physical and VR worlds together with mixed reality, this unique lab creates a powerful tool for real-world massive MIMO deployment and is being leveraged by leading 5G operators such as Telia in Finland.

“Telia is at forefront of 5G technology in Europe. Nokia’s unique lab environment helps us to identify 5G radio network planning challenges earlier and solve them faster. This is a big step forward, as it builds the bridge from product design to network implementation and optimization,” said Timo Hietalahti, Head of Network Architecture and Development at Telia Finland.

Noki is deploying 5G networks for Telia.

“We are very proud of our one-of-a-kind 5G virtual reality testing environment. Instead of expensive and time-consuming drive tests in the city streets, we can build a digital twin on the test lab wall and simulate the mobile devices moving around and the antenna beams following them. This is used for verification, troubleshooting and optimization, making it faster and more efficient to deploy 5G,” said Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia.

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