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Here’s a great way to keep 3.5 billion 3G subscribers very happy

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While 5G is the future, 3G is the here and now

3G continues to impact the daily lives of billions of people. In fact by 2019, 3G will be the world’s most popular mobile technology by number of subscribers, supporting some 3.5 billion subscriptions*.  But unlike some network vendors, Nokia continues to invest in a strong in-house engineering team to develop innovative features that will make the technology even more capable and help operators support 3G subscribers worldwide.

3 new features to boost 3G business, easily

Nokia is now launching 3 new 3G software features as part of our latest WCDMA 17 release:


The first one, called:  2ms TTI Non-FDPCH Users Increase may not be the snappiest name we admit, but better to call it like it is. Meaning, that it can deliver a substantial 40 percent increase in 3G base station capacity (more users per cell) without the need for new hardware and it also works with the growing number of devices that support the short (2 ms) Transmission Time Interval (TTI) defined by HSPA specifications. How it works is by enhancing the base station’s digital signal processing capability to use baseband capacity more efficiently, which improves uplink throughput and enables a base station to support more users. This will be appreciated by operators looking for a cost-effective way to support more subscribers with a better and faster upload experience – particularly now with the global hunt for Pokémon Go characters**  in full swing.  Perhaps we should have called it a major baseband capacity booster.

Fortunately, the other two new software features have friendlier names.


The Enhanced Power Control feature more quickly optimizes the power used by mobile phones based on network status. It incorporates innovative algorithms and other capabilities that work together to react faster and more effectively to changing load and radio conditions in a highly-used cell. This can boost the cell’s overall capacity by up to 10 percent, especially for mass events, with 3G devices at the cell edge benefitting the most.

The third new feature is called Flexible HSDPA Carriers Allocation. It allows efficient use of dual cell and dual band configurations with the optimized baseband resource utilization. In short, carrier aggregation can now be supported with more flexible and more effective Flexi solution configurations with operators benefiting from about a 30 percent increase in the number of HSPA devices that their networks can support. It makes connections better and  improves user experience, no matter if network is busy.

So, what does this all mean for a typical consumer like Rose, for example, who we wrote about earlier in the year? Oblivious to all the engineering wizardry in the background, consumers will enjoy even faster services and more reliable connections to the network in even the busiest areas.

Find our more by visiting our WCDMA/HSPA webpage.

* Source: Ovum, February 2016

** © 2016 Pokémon. © 1995–2016 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc. Pokémon, Pokémon character names, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Wii, Wii U, and Wiiware are trademarks of Nintendo

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Anna-Kaarina Pietilä

About Anna-Kaarina Pietilä

Anna-Kaarina Pietilä is responsible for AirScale and AirScale Cloud RAN at Nokia. She enjoys writing blogs about these solutions and about innovative, high-quality software which improve smartphone experience and network capacity. She holds an MA from Åbo Akademi University and University of Turku and is based in Finland.

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