In order to reaffirm its commitment to the South African market, Nokia Networks showcased its latest innovations in the areas of ultra-dense networks, big data and analytics, and telco cloud in Midrand Johannesburg this week.
Deon Geyser, Head of Sub-region, Southern Africa and Vodafone Market Unit, Nokia Networks, said: “South Africa is an important market for Nokia Networks, and we are committed to helping the country further strengthen its ever-evolving communications infrastructure with our advanced radio and core network solutions, and professional services. Our latest innovations will help operators here provide next-generation mobile broadband technology and ensure the best voice and data services experience with improved network coverage and higher speed.”
Key themes covered in the demonstrations included:
Ultra-dense networks: According to Nokia Networks its future-ready portfolio allows mobile operators to serve huge data demands while maximising their investment in spectrum assets on an evolution path to ultra-dense networks. Through a combination of Nokia’s technologies that deliver 10 times more cells, 10 times more spectrum and 10 times more efficiency, mobile networks are expected to serve 1000 times the traffic levels in 2020, compared to 2010. This will help operators prepare for 5G and the Internet of Things as well as build networks that expand the human possibilities of the connected world.
Related demonstrations included Mobile Guard, 5G end-to-end use cases, Smart Location Experience Optimisation, and Services for HetNets.
LTE-U: In the LTE-U (unlicensed) demonstration, Nokia Networks shows the capabilities of Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), using its Nokia Flexi Zone small cells technology. The demonstration included carrier aggregation between LTE in licensed and unlicensed spectrum and the technology’s co-existence with Wi-Fi.
The company also demonstrated advances in TDD/FDD carrier aggregation and its Liquid Radio features to boost 3G uplink throughput, in addition to Throughput Guidance and Device Caching.
Big data and analytics: Nokia big data and analytics comprises the analysis and use of huge amounts of data available to create “intelligent” networks. Under this theme, Nokia Networks showcases its Predictive marketing analytics that provide operators with the full picture of mobile customers’ service experiences and the insights to predict behavior. With these insights, operators automatically can target the right personalized message to the right customer. The company also shows demonstrations including Emergency Alert Solution, Ensuring top VoLTE experience, and small cell perfection.
Telco cloud: Nokia Networks demonstrated its advances in telco cloud, including a live VoLTE/VoWiFi demo on telco cloud as well as the architecture for cloud-based radio access networks. Demonstrations in this area included Voice Services on Cloud, Cloud Network Director and Cloud RAN.
According to Nokia Networks’ Technology Vision 2020, mobile users will consume up to 1 GB per user per day of personalised data when we reach the year 2020. With enhancements in network technology, it is possible to deliver this amount of data profitably without compromising on customer experience.