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In an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, Omar Moya, Head of Center of Expertise, Mobile Networks at Nokia, discussed the exciting advancements in Nokia's mobile networks and how the newly launched RAN solutions meet the MEA region's demands for performance, capacity and energy efficiency. Moya emphasized how Nokia's innovations efficiently address scalable network coverage and capacity, ensuring CSPs' growth. The interview shed light on the significant role of ReefShark SoC in capturing 5G opportunities and empowering MEA with cutting-edge mobile network evolution. 

Scalable network coverage and capacity are fundamental to CSPs’ growth. How do Nokia’s innovations in mobile networks ensure this fundamental requirement is efficiently addressed?

Nokia has been a key player in the telecommunications industry for many years, and it has made significant innovations in mobile networks to address the fundamental requirement of scalable network coverage and capacity for Communication Service Providers (CSPs).

Nokia's AirScale Radio Access portfolio provides a flexible and scalable solution for CSPs. It supports multiple frequency bands, including mmWave, and allows CSPs to efficiently deploy and upgrade their networks to meet growing capacity needs.

Network Automation: Automation is a key element of Nokia's approach to efficiently addressing network capacity and coverage. Automated processes for network configuration, optimization and troubleshooting help CSPs scale their networks without a proportional increase in operational costs.

An important aspect of scalability is the impact of OPEX. Accordingly, Nokia also focuses on improving the energy efficiency of mobile networks, reducing both operational costs and the environmental impact of network expansion.

Additionally, Nokia's network slicing technology allows CSPs to partition their networks into virtual slices, each tailored to specific services or customer segments. This enables efficient use of network resources and ensures that capacity is allocated where it's needed most.

Nokia's innovations in mobile networks encompass a wide range of technologies and solutions designed to address the fundamental requirement of scalable network coverage and capacity for CSPs. By leveraging these innovations, CSPs can effectively meet the growing demands of their subscribers while optimizing network resources and operational efficiency.

Nokia ReefShark SoC technology is a primary building block of Nokia AirScale radio and baseband solutions. Why is this a key to seizing 5G opportunities?

Nokia ReefShark SoC (System-on-Chip) technology plays a crucial role in seizing 5G opportunities because it offers several key advantages that are essential for the successful deployment and operation of 5G networks.

ReefShark SoCs are designed to deliver high processing power and performance efficiency. This is vital for handling the increased data throughput and low-latency requirements of 5G networks. It allows for faster data transmission and more responsive services, which are critical for applications like autonomous vehicles, augmented reality and industrial automation.

While energy efficiency is a significant concern in 5G networks, ReefShark technology is engineered to be power-efficient, reducing the energy consumption of network equipment. This not only lowers operating costs for CSPs but also contributes to environmental sustainability.

As 5G networks continue to evolve and new features and capabilities are introduced, ReefShark SoCs can be updated with software upgrades, reducing the need for costly hardware replacements. This helps CSPs stay competitive and adapt to future technology advancements.

In summary, Nokia ReefShark SoC technology is a key building block of Nokia's AirScale radio and baseband solutions, and it is instrumental in seizing 5G opportunities because of its performance, energy efficiency, scalability, cost-effectiveness and support for essential 5G features like network slicing and security.

Nokia recently launched new next-generation RAN solutions. How are these solutions impacting the MEA region's demands for performance, capacity and energy efficiency?

Nokia’s new next-generation RAN solutions have important characteristics that can have positive impacts for CSPs in MEA. I can list them in the following ways:

  • Performance: Nokia's new RAN solutions are designed to deliver significantly improved performance over previous generations. For example, the Osprey and Habrok 5G TDD Massive MIMO solutions that can provide higher performance and capacity which are critical for the MEA region. Additionally our Pandion 4G/5G RFunits that bring maximum capacity for LTE and potential 5G in the smallest form factor (B3/B1/B7). This is critical for the MEA region, which is experiencing rapid growth in mobile data traffic.
  • Capacity: Nokia's new RAN solutions are also designed to support more users and devices. For example, the Lodos and Levante Baseband capacity units designed for high capacity, often seen dense urban deployments and increase the number of users per cell site. This is important for the MEA region, which has some of the highest population densities in the world.
  • Energy efficiency: Nokia's new RAN solutions are also designed to be more energy efficient. All RF units in recent launches improve further the power consumption to address customer OPEX targets. This is important for our region, which is facing rising energy costs.

In addition to these specific benefits, Nokia's new RAN solutions also offer several other advantages that are relevant to the MEA region, such as:

  • Reliability: Nokia's new RAN solutions are also designed to be highly reliable, with features such as carrier aggregation and load balancing to ensure that users always have access to the best possible service. This is important for the MEA region, which has some of the most challenging environmental conditions in the world.
  • Security: Nokia's new RAN solutions are also designed to be highly secure, with features such as encryption and authentication to protect user data. This is important for the MEA region to prevent cyberattacks.

Overall, Nokia's new next-generation RAN solutions are well-suited to meet the demands of the MEA region for performance, capacity and energy efficiency. These solutions can help mobile operators provide their customers with the best possible mobile experience while also reducing their operational costs.

What advancements can B2B customers expect from Nokia's mobile networks to support the long-term network evolution of 5G-Advanced and beyond?

Nokia already offers private LTE and 5G network solutions that can be customized to meet the specific needs of B2B customers. These networks can provide B2B customers with greater control over their network performance, security and reliability.

We are committed to developing and delivering innovative mobile network solutions that support the long-term network evolution of 5G-Advanced and beyond. Our innovations are aimed at enabling B2B customers to deploy new and innovative applications (use case adaptability) and services and to improve the performance, reliability and security of their existing applications and services.

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