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Nokia goes mental for 5G with yet more ‘firsts’

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Like the rest of the mobile industry, Nokia isn’t exactly hanging around in declaring to the world it’s definitely going to be ‘first’ to 5G.

As we get another day closer to the imperious Mobile World Congress, vendors throughout the telecoms market need to make sure everyone knows how busy they are in preparing for 5G. The rest of the year sees a constant jostle among vendors to show they’re the ‘first’ to launch an era-defining, ‘end-to-end’ solution to solve all your mobile woes; but in the build up to MWC that frenzied PR machine kicks into overdrive.

Nokia is no exception, and has updated its cunning plan again with claims ahead of MWC it has successfully conducted the world’s ‘first’ connected based on the Verizon 5G Technology Forum pre-standards. The tests were conducted over its self-proclaimed 5G-ready AirScale radio access, running on the Intel-driven Nokia AirFrame data centre platform, coupled with an Intel 5G trial platform acting as an end-user device.

Based on the associating comments coming from Nokia’s head of 5G business line, Harold Graham, Nokia isn’t prepared to downplay the significance of the trial results.

“This first 5G connection is a true landmark for the telecommunications industry, and yet another mark of Nokia’s capabilities in 5G,” he humbly said. “With its low latency and significant capacity and speed increases, 5G will deliver a variety of new and innovative applications, and Nokia is playing leading roles in all aspects of the total 5G proposition. This ‘first’ highlights our commitment to being on the front line in providing our customers 5G-ready technologies so that they can seize early market opportunities by building 5G-enabled applications.”

Along Nokia’s road to 5G feature a couple of additional announcements from the Finnish kit vendor ahead of MWC. It confirmed it will be launching ‘4.9G’ services later this year – also known as ‘gigabit LTE’ – as well as a whole bunch of massive MIMO antennas and RRHs to optimise resources and deliver gigabit speeds. It also says it will be giving a ‘world-first’ (there’s that word again) demonstration of Cloud Single RAN, which will be running 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G radios over its hardware.

So there’s that to look forward to as well at MWC. Y’know, if that’s what you’re in to.


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