MWC 2015: Nokia Networks prepares for ultra-dense networks

Nokia looks to: 10 times more cells, spectrum and efficiency to mobile networks by 2020; portfolio enhancements in LTE- and TD-LTE-Advanced, small cells, Single RAN; and Professional Services alongside demonstrations of future technologies such as LTE-U

MWC 2015: Nokia Networks prepares for ultra-dense networks

Nokia Networks will show an evolution of technologies at Mobile World Congress 2015, which will allow mobile operators to serve huge data demands while maximising their investment in spectrum assets on an evolution path to ultra-dense networks. 

By 2020 mobile networks will need to serve 1,000 times the traffic levels (compared with 2010) through a combination of technologies that deliver 10 times more cells, 10 times more spectrum and 10 times more efficiency.

This evolution will help operators prepare for 5G and the Internet of Things as well as build networks that expand the human possibilities of the connected world.

Portfolio enhancements:

  • Extending the unique macro parity small cells offering with dual band LTE pico cells and a Flexi Zone 3G/Wi-Fi base station.
  • Significant LTE-Advanced enhancements across all dimensions, with carrier aggregation launches for TDD-FDD, small cells and between sites.
  • Capitalising on new radio spectrum thanks to a new 8-pipe TD-LTE-Advanced 3.5GHz radio and future expansion to unlicensed bands with LTE-U technology; both demonstrated at MWC.
  • Improving spectral efficiency with enhancements in both LTE- and TD-LTE-Advanced, including MIMO 4x4 and Downlink CoMP (Coordinated Multipoint).
  • Single RAN Advanced portfolio now enables carbon neutral base station sites, with several launches including the launch of a new Radio Antenna System and advanced energy saving software.
  • Consulting services to guide operators to the best and most cost efficient network evolution strategies, and a new Multi-layer Optimisation service that can reduce unnecessary handovers by up to 20%.
  • The demonstrations will be shown at the Nokia Experience Center, Hall 3, Stand 3B10.

Ken Rehbehn, principal analyst, 451 Research, said: "Mobile network operators are squeezed between surging customer mobile broadband data use and rising network costs. Innovative mobile network technologies and robust professional service offers make it possible for operators to deliver best-in-class 2G, 3G and LTE customer experience while driving down operational costs."

Marc Rouanne, Executive Vice President, Mobile Broadband at Nokia Networks, said: "Operators are preparing for the huge data growth that is coming with 5G and ultra-dense networks. We help them plan ahead to evolve their networks, making the most of their existing equipment as well as deploying the newest technologies to provide a seamless experience for mobile users across all access technologies and network layers."

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