Wednesday, 20 May 2015 02:36

Nokia boxes up LTE network - into a box

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Nokia has created an ultra-compact LTE network for quick deployment for first responders, for stand-alone comms at mine sites or in rural/remote areas.

Just as mobile phone technologies keep shrinking, despite ever larger screen sizes, so too are the network technologies that provide connectivity to our devices.

The latest example of this ongoing trend is Nokia’s delivery of a compact, rapidly deployable LTE network in a box - called ‘Nokia Network in a box’ - with macro site capacity and coverage to provide real-time communication services.

It’s versatile, too, as it can serve as a dedicated small network for major industrial sites.

Emergency and disaster scenarios are covered with the box quickly enabling vital public safety communications where regular coverage is not available.

Rural and remote areas can also benefit by bringing high-bandwidth connectivity.

Nokia doesn’t mention it, but you can imagine the box will also be useful for events such as the New Year’s Eve fireworks or large public events where portable microcells are set up, with this new box presumably enabling even smaller microcells for even quicker and easier deployment.

Nokia provides additional details on its LTE in a box solution:

  • It’s a compact macro base station with an integrated core network ready to operate on either FDD or TD-LTE bands, along with built-in ports for external IP connectivity.
  • It’s based on Nokia’s Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and supports thousands of users, weighing only about 40 kg and requiring a power supply of less than 1 kW. It can be easily powered by a car-based inverter or a small portable generator.
  • It can be used outdoors without an additional cabinet, cooling or shelter. The built-in core network also eliminates the need for related extra equipment or cabling, further saving energy and space.
  • The field transportable solution can be deployed within a few minutes as an independent LTE network with full macro site performance, coverage and capacity, once a power supply and antenna are connected.
  • Nokia Networks' systems integration experts can help tailor Nokia Network in a box for a wide variety of use cases.

Deepak Harie, Nokia Networks’ VP of Systems Integration Services at Nokia Networks, said: "We've combined our award-winning Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station with integrated core network software to build a very compact Network in a box.

“It allows for easy implementation of a dedicated stand-alone LTE network in next to no time. Nokia Network in a box can be used in multiple ways - to provide network connectivity in remote areas, as a stand-alone communications network for enterprises like oil rigs and to support public safety communications."

Nokia says it is ‘working with several partners for building applications and network functions based on Network in a box’, with one of its partners, Athonet, to demonstrating the box during Critical Communications World 2015

Click here to download a picture of Nokia Network in a box.

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