Tuesday, 18 October 2016 23:06

Nokia: Fixing the ‘unfixable’ wired networks so 5G can ‘change everything’ Featured

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Nokia says fixed networks will play a key role in achieving network transformation and true convergence with 5G mobile and IoT.

Nokia. The company’s boilerplate descriptor in its media releases is "With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the cloud and the Internet of Things".

As we're being constantly reminded, 5G is coming, but while the standard is still being figured out, there’s plenty of preparation in place to make sure existing networks can handle the deluge of traffic that 5G and IoT devices, smartphones, tablets, sensors, robots, and anything else you can imagine will bring when everything can be truly connected.

One major part of that preparation is upgrading the fixed networks that underpin our connectivity options today so they continue growing and getting upgraded to meet the ever growing demand of all our tomorrows.

Federico Guillen, president of Nokia’s Fixed Network Business Group, explained Nokia’s message of fixing the unfixable being the big challenge for true network transformation, which naturally includes this coming wave of 5G revolution – and all the wireless advances to come after that.

Nokia, said Guillen, was delivering "a powerful keynote on the opening morning of Broadband World Forum, in London", and that he "looked at the rising demand for gigabit broadband in a world where 47% of households globally are still off-line and only 7% have over 10Mbps of service".

Noting that figure was "still a long way to go to reach the European Commissioner Juncker’s ambitions for a gigabit society", Guillen said that he "questioned whether the issue was like ‘fixing the unfixable’ – but pointed to fixed networks as being the answer to the challenges that lie ahead and deliver higher broadband to more citizens faster".

Guillen said: “The world needs gigabit speeds and we are seeing many countries making major moves in that direction as they look to improve their economies and societies.

“A few years ago some people saw mobile as the only technology and, to some, fixed, wireline networks were effectively ‘dead’.

“Reality is, however, that fixed is very much back, stronger than ever, and it is a necessary technology to realise our gigabit societies of the future, delivering higher speeds than mobile, and being highly complementary.

“With yet another new lease of life for next generation copper via technologies like G.fast, Vplus or XG-FAST, next generation fibre (bundling TWDPON and XGS-PON in a universal solution) and cable (combining fibre and coax), fixed networks are here to stay. And while the world is going mobile, mobile is going fixed.

“This is especially true in the world of 5G, and if we are to cope with the incredible opportunities of the IoT as we move towards digital societies of the future,” he added.

Nokia explained that Guillen then "went on to debate how much bandwidth was actually needed currently and in the future, demonstrating how the wireless world was incorporating more and more fixed nodes into its networks – from hundreds in the 3G era to hundreds of thousands as 5G becomes a reality. But also in the domains of hybrid access and fixed-wireless access for remote locations, the complementarity between fixed and mobile is a no-brainer".

We’re told that he "also showed how FttX solutions were bringing more bandwidth to more people sooner, via a range of technologies and said that 5G would change everything".

Nokia noted "Guillen’s presentation comes just a week after Nokia announced it was expanding its G.fast micro-node portfolio to provide higher densities and longer loop lengths from cabinets and distribution points. The company has also introduced programmability and automation in the copper access space to accelerate G.fast deployment by 50%."

In what Nokia proudly boasts was "a big week" for the company, it also trumpeted the extension of its "field-proven next-generation fibre portfolio and added South Korea Broadband (SKB) as its eighth customer to the list of customers worldwide that have commercially deployed its XGS-PON and TWDM-PON solutions".

Guillen concluded by stating: “The fixed network is not only here to stay – it is going to remain at the very nerve centre of what people are calling the next Industrial Revolution.

“I’m truly excited by this prospect and confident that we will remain at the forefront of the drive to use these technologies to ‘fix the unfixable'."

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