Wednesday, 10 February 2016 00:54

Nokia’s 5G showcase coming to MWC 2016 inc speeds over 30Gbps


Getting set for the ‘new business opportunities’ for operators and end-users that 5G applications and capabilities will deliver, Nokia is preparing a standout MWC 2016 5G showcase.

Nokia has announced it is ‘showing how 5G applications run on its network infrastructure as operators explore the new business opportunities of an increasingly connected world.’

These demonstrations, including eight from Bell Labs, showcase how Nokia-developed 5G communications – with massive bandwidth capacity and virtual zero latency – are supporting new applications ranging from autonomous vehicles to remote robotics, and underline Nokia’s commitment to be a strong leader in next-generation technology.

Nokia says its ‘complete package of 5G communication technologies are providing the backbone to enable the growing proliferation of devices to connect to the Internet and to one another in order to open up a wealth of new possibilities – from improved manufacturing efficiencies and vehicle safety to a cleaner environment.’

And, with Nokia’s 5G multi-service network architecture for mobile and fixed networks, the company boasts ‘operators can provide services far beyond voice and data applications to address new business opportunities in many different industries,’ while its ‘Professional Services’ division stands ‘ready to support customers reach nearly 100% network availability in the 5G era.’

So, what are the Nokia 5G era use cases it will showcase at Mobile World Congress 2016:

  • 5G Autonomous vehicles: 5G facilitates autonomous driving by providing ultra-low latency connectivity for fast-moving autonomous systems, which require constant and virtually uninterrupted communication flow to improve road safety and reduce congestion.
  • 5G Industrial networking connecting robots: An ultra-reliable, low latency 5G network rapidly synchronises interconnected robots steered by remote intelligence. With 5G, manufacturing industries will be better equipped to achieve productivity targets through a unified, computing infrastructure instead of today's fragmented industrial standards.
  • 5G stadium experience: Fast, live multi-casting with synchronous data transmission across a large number of smartphones. Users will be able to augment and share their real stadium experience with live video feeds from different camera positions and virtually no delay in transmission.
  • 5G Interactive Virtual reality: Through 1 millisecond latency and high throughput, two mobile virtual reality users will be able to collaborate as if they are in the same physical location. Remote collaboration and telepresence will optimise various business applications and processes, including distance learning, manufacturing and the maintenance and repair of machines.
  • 5G Massive Capacity: Bell Labs has also developed aggregation technologies that will deliver record-breaking peak rates of 30 Gbps and provide a more consistent and reliable quality of experience for subscribers. This is achieved by aggregating different mobile and fixed technologies into a single, ultra-capacity stream for the end user. These innovations allow operators to maximize the utilisation of their network assets.
  • 5G Massive Connectivity: Nokia says it will demonstrate the transformations in the cellular network to achieve record-breaking numbers of device connections and connectivity with new technology innovations from Bell Labs. Using new waveforms, connectionless messaging and flexible application-based routing, this ultra-low latency support will usher in the new IoT era with the automation of everything.
  • In a proof-of-concept demo, Nokia says it will introduce the concept of 5G-driven 'extreme automation'. This new concept will show how to simplify the operation of a complex array of new 5G use cases.

More below, please read on!

Nokia quotes Prof. Frank H.P. Fitzek, Deutsche Telekom chair of the communication networks group at Technische Universität Dresden coordinating the 5G Lab Germany, stating: “With our expertise in 5G communication systems, we are collaborating closely with Nokia to realize a new kind of low-latency 5G services also known as Tactile Internet.

“Low latency communication, together with security and resilience, enables ubiquitous steering and control of remote objects and devices like driverless connected cars, industry robots, and remote surgery.

“These capabilities improve efficiency and allow for new use cases in industry sectors like mobility, manufacturing, and healthcare.”

Nokia’s own CTO and President of Bell Labs, Marcus Weldon said: “5G will give birth to the next phase of human possibilities, bringing about the automation of everything. This automation, driven by a smart, invisible network, will create new businesses, give rise to new services and, ultimately, free up more time for people.

“Nokia is working with our customers today to help build and plan for a journey that will transform network architectures, and have great impact on our lives.”

Finally, Nokia advises it ‘collaborates with leading universities in China, Europe and USA’ to improve its capabilities in 5G technologies and to share its knowledge about such technologies.

The company boasts of running several 5G-related industry projects in Europe, chairing the 5G-PPP association and running 5G innovation projects with major operators, including China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, NTT DOCOMO, Korea Telecom, SK Telecom and Verizon Wireless.

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