Nokia announces 5G portfolio
Written by: Philip Mason | Published:

Nokia has described the constituent parts of its new Future X architecture for 5G, while simultaneously launching its new ReefShark chipsets on the same day.

According to the company, the Future X portfolio comprises "an end-to-end network delivering up to three times more data capacity per cell site and 30 per cent lower total cost of operation, through artificial intelligence-based automation."

The system includes Nokia's AirScale modular radio access network, 5G AirScale active antennas, small cells, as well as its 'anyhaul' capability offering enhanced SDN (software defined networking) automation. The new ReefShark chipsets meanwhile "decrease the size of massive MIMO antennas by 50 per cent, increasing deployment options, while achieving a 64 per cent reduction in the power consumption of baseband unit."

Marc Rouanne, president of mobile networks at Nokia said: "With our 5G Future X portfolio we are opening up network data and network intelligence to our customers to jointly program and tailor machine learning and automation.

"The Future X architecture - invented by our Nokia Bell Labs - has made it possible to mix the knowledge across the company, between IP, optics, RF, software and innovative in-house silicon. We now expect to be able to deliver unprecedented capabilities and efficiencies that will allow our customers to transform their service offering for 5G."

Speaking of the system, Stéphane Téral, executive director, research and analysis, IHS Markit, said: "Nokia has taken a holistic approach with its 5G Future X portfolio, in order to drive the performance required by 5G applications."

Nokia will be demonstrating its new products at next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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