Nokia continues to focus on 5G with series of new updates

Nokia has continued its focus on 5G and a series of new updates from the Finnish telecom firm is an obvious proof of that – the introduction of the industry-first Edge Cloud data centre solution for 5G and its team up with NTT DOCOMO on 5G innovations.

Nokia has formulated the AirFrame open edge cloud infrastructure for the 5G era, as 5G opens doors for operators to support high-tech applications such as AR/VR video and real-time industrial automation. The portfolio of the Nokia AirFrame data center solution has been further extended with the ultra-compact Nokia AirFrame Open Edge server. The complete AirFrame data centre solutions portfolio is designed by Nokia to help operators in optimising their network resources and dispensing workload rationally across the network considering the data traffic type in addition to latency and throughput requirements.

Nokia has designed the AirFrame open edge server for deployment at extant base station sites by keeping a strict focus on its size: 133.5 x 444 x 430mm (HWD). During Q3/2018, Nokia will start shipping the AirFrame Open Edge server.

The hardware solution complements with a real-time, Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV)-compatible, OpenStack-distribution created to function in petite data centres while delivering performance and low latency demanded by the edge environment. In addition, operators can successfully plan and initiate their edge cloud deployments with the help of Nokia cloud-wise services and Cloud Collaboration Hubs.

The Nokia AirFrame open edge cloud infrastructure has been formulated to address “stringent and diverse low-latency data processing demands of Cloud RAN and advanced applications for consumers and industries”, as a company press release states.

Alongside this, Nokia and NTT DOCOMO are all prepared to exhibit 5G technology innovations at the Brooklyn 5G Summit. Both the parties have joined hands to formulate technologies that will back the delivery of improved mobile broadband applications for 5G. The extensive availability of advanced applications such as AR/VR video will enable fresh capabilities for consumers as well as industries. Delivery will depend on ultra-responsive networks with massive wireless capacity in dense deployment scenarios.

At the summit, Nokia and NTT DOCOMO will demonstrate a pair of technology innovations that are formulated to meet these demands. In the first demonstration, both the parties will apply a compact mmWave phased-array antenna system, developed by Nokia Bell Labs, scalable up to 256-elements via an integrated circuit (RFIC) solution in the 90 GHz frequency band to enable multi-gigabit per second speeds.  The test will show how “using 5G New Radio (5G NR) enhancements at higher mmWave frequency bands can manage radio complexity and a larger number of antenna beams, while enabling greater bandwidth”, as Nokia puts it.

In its press release, Nokia said that the other joint demo “will also show how dynamic offloading relocation in a 5G core will enable the low-latency networks required to support time critical mobile broadband applications for future automation and augmented reality.”

Further trials on these technologies will continue in a research lab in Japan owned by NTT DOCOMO.

In the meantime, data and analytics firm GlobalData said that satellite operators can emerge to be the leading players in the emerging 5G ecosystem by grabbing the opportunity of enhancing 5G mobile networks with next-gen satellite capabilities.

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