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Press Release -- September 9th, 2015
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Networks launches world’s first 1 Gbps small cell and new services, features to solve deployment challenges

  • New HetNet Engine Room Service, backhaul option and rapid deployment features address site and operational costs, which are up to 90% of the TCO in deploying small cells
  • New Flexi Zone LTE-A small cell first to exceed 1 Gbps peak data rate with modular Radio frequency (RF) platform

Espoo, Finland – 9 September 2015

Nokia Networks delivers a new Flexi Zone outdoor modular base station that becomes the world’s first small cell to achieve over 1 Gbps peak data rate. A bundle of services simplify small cell deployment and help operators to evolve to Ultra-Dense Networks.

With up to 90% of a small cell’s total cost of ownership (TCO) consumed by its deployment and operation, Nokia Networks has lined up several innovations to address the major barriers. These include the optimal selection of viable sites, more efficient backhaul, improved plug and play technology, new energy-saving features and simplified synchronization between base stations.

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A round up of the launches

  • Nokia Networks’ new Flexi Zone G2 Multi-Band Carrier Aggregation Outdoor Micro/Pico Base Station (BTS) platform delivers exceptional capacity and greater than 1 Gbps peak data rate. By using three RF module slots, operators can deploy and aggregate between various radio access technologies and spectrum combinations including up to three LTE licensed carrier bands or configurations offering a combination of LTE licensed carrier bands, unlicensed LTE bands (LTE-U or LAA) and Wi-Fi.
  • Nokia HetNet Engine Room allows operators to deploy small cells 30% faster, with 20% lower costs and serve 10% more subscribers. Using detailed 3-D street level maps, the service calculates a ‘Site Value Index’ that quantifies the likely return on investment (ROI) for operators from different locations.
  • Several other Nokia Networks innovations also focus on overcoming the technical and cost barriers of deploying small cells:
    • A point-to-multipoint non-line-of-sight (NLoS) wireless backhaul option from Nokia Networks partner Tarana Wireless. Fast high-performance fiber-like backhaul can now be deployed to sites that are difficult to reach cost-effectively with fiber or line-of-sight  technologies.
    • New Intelligent Self Organizing Networks (iSON) capabilities enable rapid small cell deployments with backhaul over public networks* and for operator networks that do not use Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol  (DHCP). In these two more complex environments, small cells can now be operational in under 20 minutes after being powered up.
    • An integrated Grand Master Clock function added to the Flexi Zone Controller that distributes a high accuracy clock to all Flexi Zone AP** within the cluster. This functionality offers significant CapEx and OpEx savings by eliminating the need for an external timing solution or GPS antenna  for each small cell.
    • Flexi Zone operating costs are reduced by a new energy-saving feature that enables operators to power down capacity underlay small cells at specific times and at low loads.

Randy Cox, head of Small Cell Product Management at Nokia Networks, said: “Deploying a small cell on one side of a road can cost ten times more than at a location just a few meters away on the other side of the road. We are bringing a new approach that enables operators to pick the best sites and then deploy small cells and their backhaul quickly and at a much lower cost. Now operators can justify the business case for small cells and improve the return on their network investments.”

Did you know?

In the US for example, the cost of pole rentals can vary from $US 50 to $US 1,000 per month and site acquisition can range from $US 3,000 to $US 30,000.


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TAGS: Small Cells, Services for HetNets, Flexi Zone, Small Cells as-a-Service

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* The use of IP/Ethernet connectivity for the backhaul, which by nature is more open than traditional circuit-based networks, means that customer data requires protection against eavesdropping or other security breaches.

Our 3GPP-compliant radio security solution secures data between the small cell base station and the core network with IP security. In addition, strong certificate authority using Public Key Infrastructure ensures only operator-authorized base stations can access the network.

**Flexi Zone has a unique cluster architecture allowing for up to 500 small cells per cluster to act like a singe eNodeB from the rest of the network, helping to significantly reduce the complexity and costs of large small cell networks. Flexi Zone base stations operating within clusters are called Access Points, as part of the Radio processing is done in the Flexi Zone Controller which allows for advanced Zone level HetNet interference mitigation to help boost performance.

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