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May 20 2015

Nokia out front in “completeness of vision” in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for LTE Network Infrastructure

This blog is by Ari Leppä, head of FDD LTE Technical Management at Nokia Networks.Twitter: @nokianetworks

Do you remember the time before smartphones? Before your computer was the size of a paper notepad and you could use it to connect with the world from anywhere? When an Internet connection was a fixed line with speeds that are now dwarfed by today’s LTE-Advanced networks? As these memories point out, what mobile broadband reality is today must have seemed like a dream just ten years ago.

So what will be the human possibilities of technology in the next decade? No doubt, it will also be something unimaginable from today’s perspective. Something that stretches far beyond today’s mobile broadband world and is driven primarily by smartphone usage. We believe this “brave new world” will emerge from a combination of serving people and the Internet of Things (IoT) in what we call the programmable world.

How will we get there? Currently, the LTE-Advanced specifications are developing to enable new use cases such as broadcasting, public safety and IoT. This evolution is complemented in a virtuous circle by technology developments for heterogeneous networks, the cloud and the introduction of 5G.

At Nokia, we’ve brought together our global market understanding and the technology insights of our experts to envision the human possibilities of the programmable world. This vision forms our framework for strategic product decisions and innovations in the most relevant technologies and products. Our vision also includes further development of LTE technology and use cases.

In addition to the 177 operators worldwide who have entrusted Nokia Networks as their LTE supplier, the industry is also recognizing Nokia’s leadership for this work.

Gartner, Inc., one of the world’s most highly regarded analyst firms, has positioned Nokia furthest in “completeness of vision” in both the Magic Quadrant for LTE Network Infrastructure (published April 2015) and the Magic Quadrant for Small Cell Equipment (published October 2014). In the Magic Quadrant, Gartner assesses a vendor’s market understanding, product and market strategies, as well as innovation, just to mention a few of the categories. This is the fifth year in a row that Gartner has placed Nokia in the leaders’ quadrant in LTE network infrastructure. I view Gartner’s positioning as affirmation that we’re on the right track to bringing the programmable world to life and advancing the human possibilities of technology by driving the evolution of LTE and beyond.

Tell us what possibilities you envision?

A complimentary copy of the Gartner “Magic Quadrant for LTE Network Infrastructure report published April 20, 2015, is available here.

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About Ari Leppä

Ari Leppä is the head of FDD-LTE Technical Management, propelling new LTE innovations such as award-winning Nokia Centralized RAN into the market. You can ask Ari anything from the very first LTE call to next-generation baseband and everything in between, including LibTech snowboards, building high-end PA speakers and the secret lives of Norfolk terriers.