Nokia 5G NR (New Radio) air interface standard, which is due at the beginning of 2018, is designed to support a wide variety of 5G devices and services.
Nokia is pushing for accelerated 3GPP industry standardization while building on early customer experiences with its Nokia 5G FIRST end-to-end solution, launched in February at Mobile World Congress.
With clear interest for 5G mobility applications already emerging from operators, notably in markets like the U.S., China, Japan and South Korea, Nokia will implement early 5G specifications, enhancing 5G FIRST with the 3GPP 5G Phase I protocol.
Nokia will continue to evolve and expand 5G FIRST as an end-to-end solution, designed to drive broader market adoption of 5G, via both mobility and fixed applications, as well as testing multiple 5G use cases.
The company is building on extensive field experience already gained with Nokia 5G FIRST, which has generated valuable insights into areas such as: Use of radio propagation in higher frequencies; Massive MIMO and beam forming; integration with existing networks versus standalone implementations; use of small cells in 5G deployments; and the importance of cloud native core and cloud RAN technologies
Nokia will also continue its application of leading-edge technologies, such as chipset and radio frequency innovations, in its end-to-end 5G strategy.
Marc Rouanne, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia said, “Through 5G FIRST, Nokia is evolving its 5G strategy to drive the industry rapidly towards the adoption of standards -based commercial applications – as early as 2019. Doing so will require broad cross-industry support, and we call upon regulators and governments to free up and enable the use of spectrum at low-, mid- and high-frequency bands for trials.”