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Small cells

Achieve your business goals with market leading small cells


Address new demands and opportunities with small cells. Cost effectively, improve capacity and coverage where it is needed, both indoors and outdoors.

Nokia has the widest range of small cells solutions that address all deployment requirements. Industry analysts consistently rank Nokia’s small cells portfolio as “market leading”.

Small cells deliver cost-effective capacity and coverage, indoors and outdoors

The increasing adoption of 5G means that networks need to provide more capacity both indoors and outdoors. Macro radios provide excellent coverage and high capacity, however there are locations in which macro coverage alone may not be sufficient. For example, in dense-urban city centers with high-rise buildings and in transportation hubs where large numbers of mobile users gather at the same time.

Outdoor small cells are ideal for providing capacity boost at the busiest hot-spots, complementing macro network coverage. These solutions include micro remote radio heads and high-capacity 5G millimeterWave radios.

As much as 80% of all mobile traffic originates indoors. Building sufficient indoor coverage with macro radios can be challenging, especially as the higher 5G frequencies are more prone to signal propagation limitations than the frequencies used with previous radio network generations. Indoor small cells are an ideal option for providing a highly scalable solution for seamless indoor coverage.

New Nokia AirScale radios and small cells

The broadest portfolio of small cells – Shikra radios

Nokia offers the industry’s most extensive small cell portfolio. Our Shikra small cell radios are optimized for all networks and deployment scenarios, delivering high performance both indoors and outdoors, across a wide range of use cases.

These highly versatile and compact solutions are suitable for deployment in locations requiring additional capacity or coverage. The micro remote radio heads (mRRH) are small and easy to deploy, which can accelerate network rollouts. The Shikra mRRH portfolio includes solutions for all radio access technologies and frequency bands.

Key to delivering the highest capacity and performance, Nokia's Shikra millimeterWave (mmWave) radios are ideally suited to locations such as dense-urban streets, shopping areas, sports arenas and other large public venues where extreme capacity is a requirement. The Shikra mmWave radio portfolio consists of products for all available mmWave bands, including 24/26 GHz, 28 GHz and 39 GHz.

This highly scalable and compact solution is suited for a wide variety of indoor deployment scenarios. AirScale indoor Radio (ASiR) supports multiple radio access technologies, and is easy to deploy in any setting using compact Shikra pico-RRH. ASiR supports flexible network configurations, helping lower the total cost of ownership, while providing the flexibility to scale capacity and coverage in line with traffic growth.

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