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Nokia to use Qualcomm chipsets in small-cell deployments

Nokia has announced that it will be using Qualcomm chipsets for small cells in its indoor Smart Node 5G All-in-One base stations, which are expected to be available in early 2021.

The product, which leverages Qualcomm's 5G RAN platform for small cells, is designed to deliver ubiquitous indoor 5G coverage for residential and enterprise networks.

The 5G Smart Node complements Nokia’s portfolio of 5G Small Cells such as the AirScale Micro Remote Radio Head and AirScale Indoor Radio, which are commercially deployed by many operator networks globally to boost 5G capacity and coverage.

Nokia is working with Qualcomm Technologies to bring its 5G RAN technology into Nokia’s Smart Node portfolio, delivering 5G in a compact, cost-effective plug-and-play package for smaller indoor network use-cases.

Nokia’s use of Qualcomm's innovations will enable 5G deployment at a significantly lower price point and smaller form factor, lowering the barriers to entry into the 5G-powered world. The working relationship underscores Nokia’s commitment to selecting best-in-class partners for the delivery of unmatched solutions within the industry’s only end-to-end 5G portfolio.

Easy and quick to install, 5G Smart Nodes are a cost-effective way to extend the availability of 5G across multiple locations and provide a compelling option for in-home, small office and enterprise coverage. Where total cost of ownership (TCO) is a key factor, they deliver reliable voice, data and services over 5G with minimal overheads and do not require any specialist in-house expertise for installation.

With the inclusion of the Qualcomm FSM100xx software defined small cell modem, software upgrades allow for simplified advancement to future mobile network standards and releases. Features such as Narrowband IoT support for low-power, wide-area coverage, emergency helpline services, local break out and telecom grade security help operators address indoor network needs without the complexity and cost of a macro deployment.

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Neil Tyler

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