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Chicago 5G Demo Day Highlights Nokia’s End-to-End 5G Solutions

On November 13 at our Naperville campus, Nokia hosted our “Chicago 5G Demo Day” – the world’s first demonstration of live over-the-air 5G AirScale small cells in a Centralized RAN (C-RAN) architecture for a multi-player eSports gaming contest. The C-RAN architecture uses Nokia Fronthaul, Nokia Core (running on Nokia Cloud) and Nokia FastMile 5G Gateway in global frequencies. The 5G Demo Day also launches our live testing environment for end-to-end 5G enabled by Nokia FutureX architecture.

During this event, we showcased the multi-player eSports gaming and simultaneous streaming of HD video over our end-to-end 5G network. The Nokia C-RAN architecture leverages high-power AirScale small cells and Nokia Fronthaul, enabling a wide coverage area, low latency, and a reduced carbon footprint. This commercial end-to-end 5G solution based on our FutureX architecture will help mobile operators to monetize early with 5G as it helps them move quickly to standalone 5G by centralizing the RAN.

The live demo

The Nokia AirScale 5G C-RAN architecture uses global 4G and 5G 3GPP bands. The Nokia AirScale Indoor Radio (ASiR) pico remote radio heads (pRRH) are connected centrally in the C-RAN architecture to Nokia ASiR smart hub that is connected over fronthaul to the C-RAN hub and the Nokia baseband unit (BBU) known as Nokia AirScale System Module.

The Nokia FastMile 5G Gateways are connected live over the air to Nokia ASiR pRRH. The 5G Gateways then use Wi-Fi to connect to multiple smartphones and desktops. Optionally other 4G or 5G devices can also be connected to the Nokia RAN.

C-RAN architectures reduce capex, opex, and interference

By adopting Nokia’s (C-RAN) architecture approach, we’re offering two clear advantages to mobile operators: reduced capital and operational expenditures and improved user experience due to less interference.

Centralizing radio resources in a single base station makes implementing new technologies like small cells much simpler. As more frequencies are transmitted in the same geographical space, coordinated management of overlapping small cells and macro cells becomes essential. The C-RAN architecture is able to flexibly manage a variety of coverage scenarios and embrace a larger coverage area.

As the amount of traffic on mobile networks continues to grow and 5G becomes a reality, our customers are looking to Nokia to provide 5G solutions that are flexible, low-cost, and high-coverage. We are the only company that can deliver an end-to-end solution with 5G small cells and Fronthaul and can meet our customers’ requirements for a cost-efficient solution that balances their capacity and coverage needs.

I encourage you to explore what our FutureX architecture offers to learn how to take early advantage of the promise of 5G. The “Future of 5G” begins now.

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