To address the domestic and global demand for mobile broadband, Nokia will begin manufacturing its 5G-ready AirScale multiband base station at Oragadam, near Chennai in India.
The initiative also marks the telecom equipment maker’s commitment to support Make in India vision.
Nokia estimates there will be 46 billion devices by 2020, fueling demand for mobile broadband and the ever-greater need for energy-efficient base stations.
AirScale, Nokia claims, is the world’s first triple-band radio offering huge capacity and connectivity to support future traffic growth, while reducing space requirements and the costs associated with it, and at the same time enabling faster rollout of new services.
The base station also supports carrier aggregation, 4×4 Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) and 8×4 beamforming, allowing service providers to make performance increases in their 4G networks and prepare for the evolution to 5G and IoT
Production of the Nokia AirScale multiband base station will begin at Chennai before the end of 2017.