CCW 2016: Nokia showcases 4G LTE network in a backpack

The Nokia Ultra Compact Network can provide PPDR and other users with a rapidly deployable 4G LTE network supporting up to 400 users over a range of 75km

CCW 2016: Nokia showcases 4G LTE network in a backpack

Nokia has unveiled a light and ultra-compact 4G LTE network, based on a small cell, which will allow secure mobile broadband connectivity in minutes for mission- and business-critical services. The solution will be on display at Critical Communications World 2016 in Hall 8, Rai, Amsterdam from 31 May to 2 June.

The network can provide voice, video and data services in emergency situations, remote locations and events, and act as a hotspot for public safety organisations, industries and operators.

The solution, based on Nokia’s small cells technology, provides secure indoor and outdoor 4G coverage wherever it is deployed with a range of 75 km for up to 400 users. 

In remote, underserved areas it can provide capacity and coverage, and can utilize cable, satellite or microwave technologies for backhaul to extend an operator's existing macro network.

The Ultra Compact Network is the result of a further development of Nokia’s low-footprint, rapidly deployable networking technology – first seen in the shape of its ‘Network in a Box’ solution unveiled last year.

The soltuion will allow first response units to utilise voice and video as well as other data-based services in emergency situations when mobile networks have been compromised.

Where there is no road access it can be carried in a backpack, or elevated via a drone or weather balloon, providing vital connectivity for search and rescue missions or to help control disasters such as forest fires or floods over wide areas.

When deployed at remote industrial sites, such as mines, petrochemical plants and oil rigs, the Ultra Compact Network can provide business-critical communications, while mobile operators can use the technology to rapidly bridge network coverage gaps or provide temporary additional coverage and capacity in high-traffic locations and events such as outdoor music festivals.

Solution details

Built around Nokia's Flexi Zone Small Cells family, the Ultra Compact Network is ready to deploy mobile broadband coverage and connectivity for mission- and business-critical services.

Weighing approximately 5kg and requiring a power supply of about 100 W, it can be easily powered by a car-based inverter or small portable generator to support up to 400 active users across a cell range of 75 km.

Field-tested and hardened for outdoor usage, external DC battery integration enables the Ultra Compact Network to be fully portable for remote deployments. A rapidly deployable network means voice, video and data services are available within minutes of arriving on site.

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Mansoor Hanif, Director of RAN at UK mobile operator EE, which is responsible for providing the main LTE network for the UK’s new Emergency Services Network project, said: "EE had the opportunity to trial Nokia's latest innovation, the Ultra Compact Network, in indoor and outdoor environments in May 2016.

“We were very impressed with the capabilities of this lightweight, easily deployable small cell system. It is an ideal solution for disaster recovery and to deliver temporary coverage both for public and private sector customers."

Thorsten Robrecht, head of Advanced Mobile Networks Solutions at Nokia, said: "The Ultra Compact Network is an exciting addition to Nokia's end-to-end portfolio of technologies for mission- and business-critical communications. The need for rapidly deployable 4G solutions is closely linked to the explosion of video and data usage in public safety scenarios."


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