Finnish telecom giant Nokia is expanding its Flexi Zone portfolio of small cell radios. The new range promises an enhanced performance and faster installation for operators and enterprises.
In its new range, Nokia is introducing five Flexi Zone Controller-enabled distributed Self Organizing Network (SON) solutions in combination with the Nokia centralized SON Eden-Net solution. This will complement the Nokia Site Certified for Overall Relative Efficiency (SCORE) service offer, pointed out a release from the company.
It will also enable seamless addition of thousands of small cells in an operator’s operation and management system, improve plug-and-play installation and offer real-time optimization of the small cell layer to ease densification and deployment in multi-vendor macro networks.
Commenting on the new range of Flexi Zone small cell radios, Mark Atkinson, head of the Small Cell Business Line at Nokia said, “We continue to boost the performance of our Flexi Zone portfolio to smooth operators’ deployment of much-needed capacity into their networks. This will allow them to prepare for the ever-growing demands of people and IoT, particularly in dense megacities. The future introduction of Nokia MulteFire technology will mean many more enterprises will be able to deploy their own discreet networks to enjoy the benefits that LTE will offer. The new Self Organizing Network (SON) features will allow companies, who may not have technical expertise in this field, to deploy small cells with ease.”
Under the new range, there are 25 new frequency band and radio access technologies (RAT) variants of the Flexi Zone Multiband BTS and eight frequency variants of the Mini-Macro BTS portfolio. For the Flexi Zone Micro, the company has added a 3G support in two frequency bands. The new Flexi Zone portfolio is said to feature a support for 4.5G Pro.
“Uplink carrier aggregation with two carriers will double peak upload data speeds to 102Mbps and downlink 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) support will boost subscribers’ download peak performance by more than 30%. As mobile network operators begin to leverage aggregation of licensed and unlicensed spectrum technologies (LTE-U/LAA, LWA/LWIP), Nokia is doubling its LTE-U bandwidth support to 40 MHz on the Flexi Zone Multiband BTS range, to further enhance LTE-U small cell performance by up to 33%,” the release stated.