Nokia and Sonera have underlined the leading role they are playing in bringing next-generation communications to market. Trials were undertaken at Sonera headquarters in Helsinki of both 5G mobile networking and new copper cable technologies capable of delivering data speeds of up to 10 Gbps.
Sonera also tested Nokia’s XG-FAST solution, the fixed broadband technology developed by Nokia Bell Labs that allows existing copper cables to deliver high-speed fixed broadband, saving service providers having to install new cabling. XG-FAST technology can reach transmission speeds of up to 10 Gbps in a traditional copper cable and it is intended for short copper loops.
The demonstrations follow a cooperation agreement signed between Telia Company and Nokia in July 2016 aimed at accelerating Sonera’s network evolution to 5G. The goal of the cooperation is to keep Sonera at the forefront of both present and future network technologies. Sonera and Nokia will carry out further tests to enable early 5G readiness and to secure early introduction of commercial 5G services for Sonera customers. Sonera’s 5G testing is also well underway in the company’s own laboratory environment.
Sonera and Nokia recently also tried small cell technology to boost network capacity at the Flow Festival, a music festival held in Helsinki on 12-14 August. Small cells – which can increase capacity efficiently in a variety of areas – will play a key role in future 5G networks, meeting their needs for increased capacity and lower latency.
Timo Hietalahti, head of Network Architecture and Development at Sonera, said that Nokia is a longstanding technology partner of Sonera, and it will play a critical role in our path to 5G.”