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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 and spectrum bands. Industry analysts consistently rank Nokia’s small cells portfolio “market leading”.

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

5G networks are densifying. Macro radios provide excellent coverage and high-capacity. However, there are cases, especially in dense-urban locations often dominated by tall-buildings, where providing the macro coverage can be challenging. The same is often true where there are high numbers of mobile-users, such as busy city-centers and transportation hubs.

In these cases, outdoor small cells are ideal for coverage in-fill and hot-spot capacity boosts. These solutions include micro remote radio heads and high-capacity 5G millimeter wave radios.

Around 80% of mobile broadband traffic originates from mobile-users located indoors. However, ensuring good indoor coverage can also be a challenge, especially as the higher frequencies used by 5G are more prone to signal propagation limitations than previous generations of mobile technology. To help overcome this, it is essential to consider indoor small cells as a deployment option.

The broadest small cells portfolio

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

Highly versatile solutions, suitable for deployment in locations requiring additional capacity or coverage. mRRH are small and straightforward to deploy, which can accelerate network rollout. The AirScale mRRH portfolio includes solutions for all radio access technologies and frequency bands.

Key to delivering the extreme capacity and performance associated with 5G, Nokia's AirScale millimeterWave (mmWave) radios are ideally suited to locations such as dense-urban streets and shopping areas, sports arenas and other large public venues. The AirScale portfolio includes radio products across all mmWave bands, 24/26, 28 and 39 GHz.

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

Nokia small cells

Building on a renowned product portfolio we’re further broadening the AirScale small cells line-up enabling 5G deployments in more and more places.

In common with the AirScale macro portfolio, Nokia ReefShark System on Chip technology is being increasingly integrated into AirScale small cells products for increased performance and efficiency.

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