Nokia shrinks LTE base station into a box

| June 4, 2015

First published in Communications Day

Nokia Networks claims to have developed a new LTE “network in a box” solution that will provide the same macro site capacity and coverage as traditional LTE base stations, but in a compact, rapidly deployable solution.

The Network in a box solution will designed to offer all the features of a LTE macro base station, including support both FDD and TD-LTE bands, core network integration and built-in IP ports. According to Nokia, the new design is based on Nokia’s Flexi Mulitradio 10 base station, but weighs in at only 40 kilograms while requiring a power supply of less than 1 kW. As such, it has the same ability to support “thousands of users.”

The ‘in a box’ design also eliminates the need for additional cabinet, cooling or shelter for the site, even when deployed outdoors, Nokia said. Additionally, the built-in core network also means it requires no additional cabling.

As part of the launch of Network in a box, Nokia envisioned three scenarios where it would be more advantageous over traditional base stations. According to Nokia, the new design is ideal for setting up a dedicated small network for industrial sites, for temporary networks during disaster relief or public emergencies, as well as for extending the coverage of LTE infrastructure to rural and remote areas.

ALU AND KT IN 5G PACT: Meanwhile, Nokia’s pending acquisition, Alcatel-Lucent, has entered into a technical collaboration for 5G wireless systems with South Korea carrier KT. The collaboration will initial focus on Alcatel-Lucent’s virtualised radio access networks, or vRAN, technology.

The scope of the agreement includes the development and testing of mobile ultra-broadband access, network functions virtualization and software defined networking technologies for 5G network architectures and interfaces as well as the driving of interworking and 3GPP standardisation activities, the two companies said.

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