London, UK – Nokia innovation and testing has underlined the flexibility, upgradeability and scalability of its AirScale radio portfolio to adapt to the frequency bands that will deliver the promise of 5G in initial applications of the technology. By proving the ability of AirScale to support both low and high bands, operators will be able to provide wide area coverage and indoor coverage from the first day of 5G operations without the need for complicated network reconfigurations.
- Nokia innovation to open up operator monetization of 5G and IoT, improve spectral and energy efficiencies in the network and devices using existing bands
- Demonstrations to also show how 5G in lower bands will enable fast, cost-efficient wide area coverage
- Nokia 5G FIRST solution supports frequencies that will enable initial 5G applications
5G promises a significant change in connectivity, delivering lower latency, enhanced spectral efficiency and greater energy efficiency both for networks and devices. The range of applications enabled by 5G – from multiple access needs in a sports stadium and improving connectivity in dense urban environments, to enabling ‘Industry 4.0’ applications and fixed wireless access – will require high-band frequencies (millimeter wave and centimeter wave) as well as the evolution of existing low-band frequencies.
Harold Graham, head of Nokia’s 5G Business Line, said: “Enabling operators to leverage their existing assets allows them to accelerate the rollout of 5G into lower frequency bands as cost effectively as possible. This approach gives them the ability to address new revenue opportunities across multiple industries.”
5G applications, such as connecting IoT devices as well as penetration of indoor environments as well as coverage over large areas, require low-band frequencies. The ability to utilize these bands has recently been verified in tests at Nokia’s 5G labs in Finland, and included the 700 MHz, 800 MHz and 850 MHz frequencies.