With the introduction of state-of-the-art technologies, the mobile industry is going through a radical transformation. The network is expanding day by day as a result of smart cities, mobile living, the Internet of Things (IOT) with a large number of sensors, connected vehicles, e-health, and the list goes on. In order to meet the demands of the growing trend of Internet of Things (IoT) and increasingly high customer expectations, operators need to formulate a new approach towards building a network that will be able to deliver extreme low latency and massive broadband to meet widely diverse uses.
AirScale is a modernised and up-to-date technology which redefines the way radio networks are built. It is a complete package, which offers complete radio access generation running on traditional Distributed Radio Access Network (RAN) sites as well as centralised and Cloud RAN. AirScale technology is set to simultaneously run all radio technologies such as LTE-Advanced, LTE-Advanced Pro, TDD-LTE, FDD-LTE, 2G and 3G on a single base station as a Single RAN, thereby integrating carrier-grade Wi-Fi access, making itself 5G-ready and thus offering an unlimited capacity. Apart from this, it utilises 60 percent less energy compared to the Flex radio access platform, which is still widely used for energy efficiency purposes.
Figure 1: An illustration of AirScale technology used in cellular network.
AirScale also provides a way to close the gap between the IT and Telco worlds. AirScale Cloud RAN is running on the same servers as Mobile Edge Computing (MEC). As a result, interfaces such as Application Programming are opened up to a number of new applications, services, and plug-ins integrated into the RAN. Rapid delivery of software is provided by Cloud RAN on an IT platform, bringing a new level of agility and performance to networks. The President of Mobile Networks of Nokia expressed his point of view regarding this technology as, “The world will witness immense changes over the next few years. Broadband traffic will continue to surge as people go beyond video and take advantage of augmented and virtual reality. The Internet of Things will see billions of devices connected, and 5G will enable new scenarios such as Industry 4.0, smart cities, e-health and mobile living. Nokia AirScale is designed from the ground up for this new era, while also introducing ground-breaking cloud-based capabilities.”
The capabilities of AirScale were demonstrated at Mobile World Conference (MWC) 2016, where operators were able to get their hands on the AirScale base stations and watch it run 5G with 5Gbps data rates and under 1ms latency. With its high performance and flexibility, AirScale will be able to support wide ranging applications such as ultra-reliable communications for autonomous vehicles, ultra-low latency connectivity for synchronising industrial robotics, new live broadcasting services at large events and much more.
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