Ericsson, Nokia Look to Ease 5G Adoption
Other gear designed for 5G concepts include three new radios that support gigabit speeds over LTE, the Radio 2205 to address unlicensed spectrum options and small cells, two new baseband units for greater density, Uplink Spectrum Analyzer for external interference identification, instant power sharing and Baseband C608 that will help with the adoption of Cloud RAN in 5G networks. Ericsson in July fired CEO Hans Vestberg after flagging financial numbers, as telco spending on 3G and 4G equipment continues to slow and competition with such vendors as Huawei and Nokia—which closed its $16.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent earlier this year—heats up. Nokia officials said the company's existing 4.5G offerings—which already are being used by 90 customers worldwide—and the upcoming 4.5G Pro and 4.9G technologies will help carriers more easily adopt 5G in the coming years. "While the ever-connected world of people and IoT drives huge data demands, the speeds enabled by 5G will be a colossal step in operators' network evolution," Samih Elhage, president of mobile networks at Nokia, said in a statement. "However, with our 4.5G, 4.5G Pro and 4.9G technologies, we will provide a smooth evolution path that will allow them to increase capacity and improve the user experience while creating new revenue opportunities."Meanwhile, 4.9G will further increase speed and capacity of networks while reducing latency to complement 5G radio coverage, officials said. Features in 4.9G will boost speeds to several gigabits per second, enable additional licensed and unlicensed spectrum, allow more carriers to be aggregated and enable highly directional antennas to be used.
The 4.5G Pro technologies will be powered by Nokia's AirScale radio portfolio and will provide 10 times the speeds of 4G networks, enabling service providers to take advantage of diverse paired (FDD) and unpaired (TDD) licensed spectrum and unlicensed spectrum, officials said. They will arrive in 2017, aimed at helping to address the proliferation of connected devices and preparing networks for 5G.