Nokia is to provide a demonstration of a 5G network running on commercial platforms as part of its showcase at 5G World in London (29-30 June 2016) marking a further step in bringing 5G to commercial reality.
Following the successful launch in February of the its 5G-ready AirScale Radio Access technology Nokia will demonstrate AirScale, supporting a 4.5 GHz 5G cmWave access system using higher order MIMO antenna technology.
The AirScale radio will work together with Nokia’s Cloud Packet Core, featuring Mobility Management Entity (MME), System Architecture Evolution (SAE) Gateway and the Home Subscriber Server (HSS). All of this will be operating on the Nokia AirFrame data centre platform, the foundation of a commercial 5G architecture.
Nokia said the demonstration will be one of a number of activities at 5G World that it will conduct to update the industry on its progress in realizing the potential of 5G and the creation of a seamless fabric of dynamic networks serving a multi-connected world.
Via product and technology demonstrations as well as keynote sessions, Nokia said will explain how it is accelerating the development and standardisation of 5G and providing the technological means for operators to prepare and unlock the full potential of their networks.
By 2020, full 5G services are expected to be launched, enabling unprecedented levels of coverage and capacity as well as increases in speeds, enhanced energy efficiency and reductions in latency.
5G networks will provide ubiquitous connectivity for the 46 billion connected devices Bell Labs Consulting estimates will be in use, serving the augmented real-world and virtual reality needs of people and application areas such as autonomous cars, industrial automation and remote robotics, smart cities and personal healthcare.
Nokia Bell Labs will demonstrate a new concept in Network Slicing, which will create and automatically map capabilities for the radio, transport, core and application layers into a discreet network 'slice'.
Using cloud orchestration, new services can be created instantly and delivered to meet the specific and diverse demands of any customer or application, such as providing low-latency support to control machines in a factory, or providing extreme high-speed broadband to enterprises and homes.
Nokia will highlight how end-to-end network slicing will allow operators to exploit unique network characteristics required to deliver specific types of applications and services.
Hossein Moiin, CTO of the Mobile Networks business group, will deliver a keynote address on making 5G a commercial reality, talking about the real opportunities of 5G, while outlining Nokia's 5G commercialisation program. Harri Holma, Nokia Fellow, will also give a keynote in which he will discuss the evolution from LTE to 5G.
There will be interactive live demonstrations of applications for transportation such as connected cars, and robotics for 'Industry 4.0' to show the importance of low latency in critical communications.
5G World runs from 29-30 June at the Olympia Conference & Exhibition Centre in London, UK. It will also incorporate the Connected Cars '16 trade event. Nokia will be present at booth #48 at 5G World and booth #86 at Connected Cars '16.
Hossein Moiin said: "Nokia is a leading force in driving 5G standardisation and our technology innovations are allowing the industry to move more rapidly toward commercial 5G systems.
“By introducing 5G-ready technologies now in our commercial solutions, which support today's LTE-Advanced and the upcoming LTE-Advanced Pro / Pro II, our customers can smartly bridge their networks to 5G. This will allow them to create and capture new business and meet the massive data demand from people and IoT as it develops.”