Nokia has announced the launch of its “Nokia Smart Node,” billed as a “unique indoor mobile module solution delivering high-quality 4G and 5G indoor mobile coverage for residential and small-medium enterprise use.”
We’re told it is a compact, ‘plug and play’ modular design that can be deployed readily in any environment to support evolving consumer applications, and is a smart femtocell.
Naturally, it supports 4G now and is “future-proofed” to support 5G networks “when required and both non-stand-alone and stand-alone 5G applications through a software upgrade,” and will be available from Q4, 2021.
Billed as “stylish, durable and smart,” Nokia says its Smart Node is “a dedicated indoor mobile solution with superior coverage and capacity and can be easily scaled from single to multiple units to meet total indoor coverage requirements.”
Promising “high-quality coverage, latency and reliability”, the Smart Node is said to deliver “ubiquitous 5G connectivity for specific use cases such as immersive entertainment. The ‘plug and play’ capabilities also make it easy to set up, which keeps installation costs to a minimum. It can be wall, ceiling or desktop mounted.
“Nokia Smart Node supports traffic management by reducing core network load and optimizing macro resource allocation. It delivers uncongested high throughput network performance with existing secure authentication and provides a secure connection and SIM-based authentication to assure the quality required in mobile networks.”
Kyung Mun, Principal Analyst at Mobile Experts, said: “Nokia’s SmartNode femtocells are a great addition to an operators’ “toolbox” as they extend 5G services indoors for residential/SOHO settings. Its modular design allows an operator to add 4G/5G coverage and capacity where needed. Consumers expect ubiquitous coverage and the SmartNode femtocells are a highly effective solution for completing 5G coverage in homes and small offices.”
Giuseppe Targia, VP Mobile Networks Transport Business Unit at Nokia, said: “These new additions to our femtocell range enhance our award-winning and industry-leading small cells portfolio which covers all use cases for both indoor and outdoor use. These compact and stylish units make it easy to benefit from superior indoor coverage and capacity particularly for home or small business use.”
Nokia’s official Smart Node video is embedded below: