Nokia says it is launching the world’s first MulteFire small cell that it says will enable industries, enterprises, smart cities and mobile service providers to leverage global unlicensed spectrum for secure, high-capacity and high-coverage private LTE networks.
The new small cell – the Nokia Flexi Zone MulteFire Multiband Pico BTS – will allow companies to connect mobile sensor-enabled ‘things’ and people more efficiently, enabling new business models and paving the way towards future 5G connectivity.
Nokia said private LTE and, in the future, 5G, will provide high-coverage and performance, low latency and reliable wireless connectivity as an additional option to Ethernet, allowing companies to increase productivity and efficiency through pervasive wireless mobile connectivity required for people and machine-type communications, said Randy Cox, head of Small Cell Product Management at Nokia.
With ‘Wi-Fi-like’ ease of deployment, the MulteFire small cell will allow industries, smart cities and service providers to take advantage of new capabilities. For example, industries will be able to reliably track parcels and containers in key logistic hubs and campuses, to connect with and remotely control their vehicles while leveraging MulteFire performance for video applications such as surveillance. Mobile service providers will be able to expand their mobile enterprise offer to companies in regions of the world outside of their licensed spectrum footprint. And owners of public buildings such as hotels, malls, stadiums and venues will also benefit from new revenue streams, with the ability to open up their private LTE network to mobile providers to enhance indoor services for subscribers at their location.
The MulteFire small cell will be made commercially available in the second quarter of 2018. Nokia said it will demonstrate the capabilities of the Flexi Zone MulteFire small cell over an end-to-end private LTE network in February at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona.