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Sep 29 2015

Nokia Networks crosses 100 small cell customer mark

This blog is by Stephane Daeuble at Nokia Networks. Twitter: @stephanedaeuble

Nokia Networks recently gained its 100th small cell customer. As I write this blog, that figure has risen to 103 and counting, with many readily opting for multiple products and services.

Raul Amaya, Chief Technology Officer, Avantel comments:

“To deliver on our slogan of 'productivity without limits' to our clients, Nokia Networks is our first-choice vendor for enabling the roll out of VoLTE and small cells in Colombia.”

The number of operators committing to Nokia small cell products and services is growing at an accelerating rate. New projects are popping up everywhere: from the Americas, to Europe, Middle East and Africa – to China, India and APAC – all the way across to Australasia.

Operators, often in the more advanced LTE markets, are increasingly using small cells to help them build the outdoor capacity they need to meet rising traffic demand. There is a growing need for indoor coverage in all markets. And let’s not forget the extreme demands of large-scale special events such as concerts and sports events, for which small cells provide a cost-effective solution.

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Small cells technology is advancing rapidly too, making them much more flexible and attractive for operators. For example, the innovative features of Nokia small cells include base stations that are the smallest and lightest available, true all-in-one design (unlike some solutions that need many extra boxes per pole), and parity of software and processing capacity with macro base stations for easy integration into Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets).

Furthermore, our Flexi Zone Controller can support more than 500 hot spot access points to create large hot zones that behave as a single access point as far as the rest of the network is concerned. Indoors, the relaxation of backhaul requirements means that our small cells can be deployed indoors re-using the existing LAN infrastructure for a very cost-effective deployment.

Nokia small cells work in all macro networks

It’s important to note that many Nokia small cells products are also being installed under macrocellular networks provided by other vendors. This shows that Nokia small cells function well in such complex scenarios to deliver their benefits regardless of the macro network.

These capabilities are proving their value in a wide variety of deployments. China Mobile Shanghai, for example, deployed Nokia Flexi Zone small cells as part of the world’s first TD-LTE Advanced HetNet. The network supported a record-breaking 600 simultaneous active LTE users per cell during a world-class motor race, enabling China Mobile to outperform its rivals in terms of user experience, with more than 20 times faster busy hour download and upload data rates.

China is a prime market for small cells where we also worked with China Mobile Shanghai to accomplish the world's first TD-LTE Advanced small cell carrier aggregation in a live operator network. The deployment achieved peak data transmission rates in excess of 220 Mbps.

Meanwhile, on the services side, we have just launched our HetNet Engine Room service that simplifies the evaluation of potential small cell sites, for 30 percent faster deployment with 20 percent lower costs to serve 10 percent more subscribers.

It is innovations like these that are helping drive the accelerating small cells market.

Thank you to Avantel and to all the other 102 operators that have placed their trust in us!

For a helicopter view, check out our Small Cells and Services for HetNets infographics. To request our new White Paper: "Four key factors affecting indoor small cells planning", please contact your local Nokia account manager.

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About Stephane Daeuble

Stephane is responsible for Small Cells and Flexi Zone global product marketing at Nokia. A self professed IT geek and gadget guy, he knows firsthand the value of high speed connectivity that Small Cells provide, and has been an active industry advocate on the role they will play in future HetNets and Ultra-Broadband. Connect with Stephane on LinkedIn