The main benefits of the innovation in small cell technology are flexibility, efficiency and optimized deployment economics.
Telecom network operators — utilizing the innovative small cell technology from Nokia — can speed up the creation of the high capacity and low latency network.
“F-Cell technology eliminates the costly power and backhaul wires and fibers currently required for small cell installation to enable drop and forget small cell deployments,” said Nokia in a statement.
Bell Labs recently demonstrated the world’s first drone-based delivery of an F-Cell to a Nokia office rooftop in Sunnyvale, CA.. The F-Cell wirelessly self-powered, self-configured and auto-connected to the network and instantly began to stream high-definition video.
F-Cell breakthrough is a re-imagining of the network architecture to place key functional elements in optimum locations.
The telecom technology company said F-cell architecture has a closed loop, 64-antenna massive MIMO system placed in a centralized location that is used to form 8 beams to 8 energy autonomous (solar powered) F-Cells.
The company has redesigned F-Cells to require minimum processing power so that the solar panel is no larger than the cell itself. F-Cell technology solves small cell and backhaul cabling, deployment and expense challenges for service providers and enterprises.
The small cell technology architecture supports non-line-of-sight wireless networking in FDD or TDD mode, and the parallel operation of up to 8 individual 20 MHz channels allowing for a system throughput rate of ~1Gbit/s over existing LTE networks.
The Finnish technology company said architecture will scale to enable up to tens of Gbit/s using higher spectral bandwidth, new spectral bands and a larger number antenna arrays.
“F-Cell is a key breakthrough technology to deliver seemingly infinite capacity, imperceptible latency and connectivity to trillions of things,” said Marcus Weldon, president of Nokia Bell Labs and Nokia CTO.
F-Cell advances Nokia’s Future X Network vision of 100x capacity growth and 100x reduction in latency.