Nokia, Sprint Demo 4.9G
February 13, 2017
Nokia will introduce its 4.9G
technologies by the end of 2017, allowing operators to dramatically
enhance their network performance and manage the significantly higher
infrastructure demands on the path to 5G. A 4.9G massive MIMO Adaptive
Antenna will also increase cell capacity by up to five times, while a
new 4.5G Pro AirScale Micro Remote Radio Head (RRH) will allow operators
to take advantage of unlicensed spectrum to enable Gigabit speeds.
Nokia 4.9G will provide significant increases in capacity and several
Gigabits of speed-per-second on the path to 5G. The introduction of the
AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antenna is a milestone in the delivery of
4.9G, driving capacity increases for megacity deployments. At Mobile
World Congress 2017, Nokia - working with the US service provider Sprint
- will demonstrate the technology using 3D Beamforming software to
deliver throughput gains of up to eightfold uplink and fivefold
downlink. The demonstration will leverage commercially-available devices
operating on TD-LTE band 41.
The AirScale massive MIMO launch complements Nokia 4.9G Cloud RAN
technology. At Mobile World Congress, Nokia will give a world-first
demonstration of Cloud Single RAN running virtualized 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G
radios and 2G and 3G network controllers over commercial AirScale and
A range of AirScale Active Antennas will complement Nokia's existing
commercial Radio Antenna System. In addition to the AirScale massive
MIMO Adaptive Antenna, the AirScale Compact Active Antenna will provide
an even leaner site solution that increases performance and lowers
Nokia will also make 4.5G Pro Gigabit data speeds a reality now for
operators with limited and disparate blocks of spectrum, while allowing
them to densify networks with the commercial introduction of a new
AirScale Micro Remote Radio Head (RRH). This will allow macro sites to
leverage unlicensed spectrum using Licensed Assisted Access (LAA).
As cities grow and the world's population becomes increasingly urban,
operators need to rapidly densify networks in city locations while
slashing costs and CO2 emissions. Nokia is introducing enhancements to
its AirScale base station that will allow them to do this with the most
compact footprint while reducing operational costs by up to 40 percent.
The new AirScale multiband remote radio heads include the world's first
triple-band example, while Nokia is also launching new frequency
variants. Nokia Zero Emission 3.0 will reduce operators' energy
consumption by up to 50 percent using new hardware and software features
while the Intelligent Deployment Platform uses automation to accelerate
AirScale deployment life cycle by up to 40 percent.
continues to innovate using 4.5G Pro and 4.9G technologies and will
highlight many of its ultra-broadband developments at Mobile World
•World-first demonstration of 4.9G AirScale technology to achieve 3 Gbps
•World-first demonstration of 4.5G Pro CBRS-FDD four carrier aggregation
connected to Nokia Bell Labs Spectrum Access System (SAS) using a
•Nokia Bell Labs Liquid Cooling demonstration converting 80 percent of
base station waste into useful heat to reduce site power costs.
Frank Weyerich, head of Mobile Networks Products at Nokia, said: "Nokia
introduced 4.5G Pro and 4.9G last year to allow operators to implement
network capacity increases where and when it made sense for them. Now we
are delivering features that will maximize their resources, speed up
deployment times and cut power and costs especially in the most densely
populated locations. We are making 4.5G Pro a commercial reality now and
working with customers to innovate with solutions to their network
densification and evolution challenges in 4.9G and beyond."