Nokia unveils SCORE for 30% faster small cell deployment

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Telecom network vendor Nokia today announced the launch of SCORE for 30 percent faster site deployment – ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC 2016) in Barcelona.

The new service innovation from Nokia is expected to increase the deployment of the small cells in urban areas.

SCORE (Site Certified for Overall Relative Efficiency) will assist telecoms to find the best locations for small cell deployment – based on rating from Nokia.

Nokia uses its GIS data and Geo location tools to rate small cell sites on deployment cost, network performance and maintenance cost, assigns value from one to 100 – allowing operators to compare sites and accelerate deployment.

Nokia says it has a database of more than 1 million qualified sites.

Nokia SCORE will assist telecom network operators to compare and select sites, benefitting from up to 30 percent faster deployment and up to 20 percent lower total cost of ownership (TCO) thanks to the shorter deployment cycle.

“Up to 90 percent of small cells’ total cost of ownership may be attributed to deployment costs. Key challenges that operators face include site acquisition, network planning, HetNet co-existence and delivering exceptional service quality in increasingly dense deployments,” said Stephane Teral, senior research director and advisor, Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics, IHS.

Support for LTE-Advanced Pro LWA capabilities integrated into small cells, to enable unlicensed spectrum to deliver high data rates to subscribers, and new synchronization options delivering significant reductions in small cell deployment costs are the other innovations from Nokia at the Mobile World Congress 2016.

Flexi Zone Mini-Macro Base Station

Nokia says Flexi Zone Mini-Macro Base Station delivers 2 x 20W power to enable telecom network operators to provide rural coverage, low cost indoor coverage for high rise buildings.

Nokia will demonstrate interference mitigation technology in its Flexi Zone Controller. Downlink Coordinated Scheduling and Uplink Coordinated Multi-Point (CoMP) can raise network performance for users at the cell edge by up to 150 percent.

Nokia said by automatically managing inter-cell interference, the technologies could also help lower deployment costs by reducing the need for detailed indoor radio network planning and eliminating subsequent re-planning as the indoor environment changes.

Baburajan K
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