Nokia Bell Labs has revolutionized the small cell deployment via its new “F-cell” technology. The technology eliminates the power and backhaul wires and fibers currently required for small cell installation. This will provide a greater flexibility for small cell deployments anywhere.
In a recent demonstration, Nokia Bell Labs introduced the first drone-based delivery of an F-Cell to a Nokia office rooftop in Sunnyvale, CA. The F-Cell wirelessly connected to the network and instantly began to stream high-definition video.
The new F-cell technology’s architecture is comprised of a closed loop, 64-antenna massive MIMO system placed in a centralized location that is used to form 8 beams to 8 energy autonomous (solar powered) F-Cells. Each component is designed to consume only minimum processing power, making the solar power panel similar in size to that of the cell.
“The architecture supports non-line-of-sight wireless networking in frequency division duplex (FDD) or time division duplex (TDD) mode and the parallel operation of up to 8 individual 20 MHz channels allowing for a system throughput rate of ~1Gbit/s over existing LTE networks. In future, this architecture will scale to enable up to tens of Gbit/s using higher spectral bandwidth, new spectral bands, and a larger number antenna arrays,” Nokia elucidated in a statement released to the press.
Commenting on the F-Cell technology, Marcus Weldon, president of Nokia Bell Labs and Nokia CTO said, “F-Cell is a key breakthrough in massively scalable and massively deployable technology that will allow networks to deliver seemingly infinite capacity, imperceptible latency and connectivity to trillions of things. Nokia Bell Labs is again excited to re-invent the future and help drive what we believe will be a technological revolution, underpinned by the creation of a new digital network fabric that will transform human existence.”
F-Cell already won the CTIA Emerging Technology (E-Tech) 2016 Award for cutting-edge mobile products and services transforming Wide Area Networks (5G, 4G and LTE 4.5).