Nokia introduces cloud-based AirScale Wi-Fi solution

Nokia AirScale Wi-Fi includes compact indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi access points, Wi-Fi modules for integration in small cells, and forms an integral part of new Nokia AirScale Radio Access

Nokia introduces cloud-based AirScale Wi-Fi solution

Nokia has created a cloud-based, carrier-grade Wi-Fi solution that combines gigabit wireless performance with easy deployment. Nokia AirScale Wi-Fi is designed to allow mobile operators to seamlessly integrate Wi-Fi with their existing networks to improve the customer experience and generate new revenue streams.

The solution also allows service providers without licensed spectrum to run a Wi-Fi service that takes advantage of mobile edge computing and analytics to deliver advanced context-based services.

A key component of Nokia AirScale Wi-Fi is the cloud-based controller that enables easy and quick deployment with automated configuration, monitoring and management of Wi-Fi access points. The controller also provides automated scaling to support more than 10,000 access points. 

Nokia AirScale Wi-Fi compries:

  • Nokia AirScale Wi-Fi comprises compact indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi access points, Wi-Fi integrated into the Nokia Flexi Zone G2 Base Station and a cloud-based controller that runs on the Nokia AirFrame server platform.
  • State-of-the-art Wi-Fi technology provides gigabit speeds.
  • LTE-Wi-Fi Aggregation paves the way for 5G multi-connectivity framework and brings scalability and cost efficiency when integrating Wi-Fi with mobile networks.
  • Mobile Edge Computing lets service providers differentiate and win new business in the cloud era by using analytics and by providing location-relevant content, like video playback services, indoor navigation and personalized discount coupons on the spot.

Mr. CH Jih, Senior VP and chief technology officer at Taiwan Mobile, said: "At Taiwan Mobile, our prime objective is to provide the best mobile broadband experience to our customers. Wi-Fi is pivotal to achieve that, as it can quickly and cost-efficiently increase capacity especially in indoor locations, thereby complementing our high performance cellular network.

“We have successfully trialled Nokia's AirScale Wi-Fi solution in our live network, firstly to validate the performance of the 802.11ac Wi-Fi access point, secondly to understand the practical benefits of hosting the Wi-Fi controller in the cloud. The results are very promising so far, and we look forward to extending the deployment to other locations as well."

Mark Atkinson, head of Small Cells & Wi-Fi Solutions at Nokia, said: "Nokia AirScale Wi-Fi expands on the existing components of our widely deployed Smart Wi-Fi solution, including the industry leading carrier-grade WLAN Gateway. 

“Cloud-based Wi-Fi underlines our commitment to this prominent radio access technology, allowing operators to deliver a true cellular-like experience over Wi-Fi and ultimately to combine the best of Wi-Fi and LTE with the help of LWA."

 

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