Nokia Networks shrinks an entire LTE network into a box
By Digital News Asia May 20, 2015
- Vital public safety communications can be implemented at emergency scenes
- Operators can use it to bring high-bandwidth connectivity to rural and remote areas
FINLAND’s Nokia Networks said it is launching a compact, rapidly deployable LTE (Long-Term Evolution) ‘network in a box,’ saying it has the macro site capacity and coverage to provide real-time communication services.
This ‘Nokia Network in a box’ can serve as a dedicated small network for major industrial sites, the company said in a statement.
It also enables vital public safety communications to be implemented at emergency scenes where wide area network coverage is not available. In addition, mobile operators can use the miniature LTE network to bring high-bandwidth connectivity to rural and remote areas.
The Nokia Network in a box is a compact macro base station with an integrated core network ready to operate on either FDD or TD-LTE (Frequency Division Duplex and Time Division) bands, along with built-in ports for external IP (Internet Protocol) connectivity.
Based on the Nokia Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, it supports thousands of users, weighs only about 40kg and requires a power supply of less than 1 kW. It can be easily powered by a car-based inverter or a small portable generator, Nokia Networks claimed.
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, it added.
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, the company 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,” said Deepak Harie, vice president of Systems Integration Services at Nokia Networks.
“It allows for easy implementation of a dedicated standalone 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 standalone communications network for enterprises like oil rigs, and to support public safety communications,” he added.
Nokia Networks is working with several partners for building applications and network functions based on Network in a box.
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