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Nokia demos world's first 5G-ready network in London

Nokia says its customers can smartly bridge their networks to 5G, allowing them to meet the massive data demand from people and the IoT as it develops

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Momentum is building to make 5G a commercial reality
Momentum is building to make 5G a commercial reality

Nokia is making the first demonstrations of a 5G network running on commercial platforms in London this week.

 

The demonstration is being staged at the 5G World event in London’s Olympia Conference and Exhibition Centre and will “underline the momentum of bringing 5G to commercial reality” the company said.

 

Following the introduction of the industry-first 5G-ready AirScale Radio Access technology earlier this year, Nokia will showcase AirScale working together with its Cloud Packet Core, running on an AirFrame data centre platform.

 

Nokia added the demonstration will be one of a number of planned activities at 5G World that will update the industry on its progress in realising the potential of 5G and the creation of a seamless fabric of dynamic networks serving a multi-connected world.

 

“Our technology innovations are allowing the industry to move more rapidly toward commercial 5G systems,” said Hossein Moiin, CTO of the mobile networks business group, Nokia.

 

“By introducing 5G-ready technologies now in our commercial solutions, which support today’s LTE-Advanced and the upcoming LTE-Advanced Pro / Pro II, our customers can smartly bridge their networks to 5G. This will allow them to create and capture new business and meet the massive data demand from people and IoT as it develops.”

 

Nokia Bell Labs Consulting predicts by 2020, full 5G services are expected to be launched, enabling unprecedented levels of coverage and capacity as well as increases in speeds, enhanced energy efficiency and reductions in latency. 5G networks will provide ubiquitous connectivity for the 46 billion connected devices estimated to be in use by then.

 

In addition, Nokia Bell Labs will demonstrate a new concept in network slicing, which will create and automatically map capabilities for the radio, transport, core and application layers into a discreet network ‘slice’.

 

Using cloud orchestration, new services can be created instantly and delivered to meet the specific and diverse demands of any customer or application, such as providing low-latency support to control machines in a factory, or providing extreme high-speed broadband to enterprises and homes, the company said.

 

 

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