Nokia Networks to trial 5G-ready broadband solution

Marc Rouanne, Executive Vice President, Mobile Broadband at Nokia Networks

Telecom network vendor Nokia Networks on Tuesday announced 5G-ready broadband solution to mobile operators who want to meet the needs of bandwidth hungry customers.

Nokia Networks aims to conduct trials of its 5G-ready broadband solution in 2016 and targets commercial availability in 2017.

The Espoo, Finland-based Nokia Networks said the 5G-ready 10 Gbps cell sites will provide 1 Gbps connection to the home.

Incidentally, Huawei announced its Gigaband development strategy.

“We have all the building blocks in place to make the first concrete 5G use case a reality as early as in 2017. This marks an important foundation for shaping the future of mobile broadband and enabling a personalized gigabit experience for the broadband subscribers,” said Marc Rouanne, executive vice president, Mobile Broadband at Nokia Networks.

Nokia Networks said telecoms can deploy 5G-ready broadband in areas with millions of homes near to fiber but without last hop connectivity via fiber to the home. The solution bridges from the existing fiber network using high throughput 5G-ready hotspots placed, for example, on adjacent lamp posts to cover the last hop. At least 1 Gbps throughput for every home will be the result of the Nokia Networks solution.

This is a cost effective solution because telecom operators can offer high-speed broadband without the need to connect all these homes individually.

Nokia Networks is running 5G projects with operators including China Mobile, NTT DOCOMO, Korea Telecom, SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom.

Baburajan K
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