This blog is by Volker Held, head of Industry Landscape at Nokia Solutions and Networks.
Yes, they can. Even before operators start the process of implementing 5G, they have many opportunities to provide up to 1000 times more capacity. To find out how, register for the on-demand version of our latest NSN Technology Vision 2020 webinar: “Support up to 1000 times more capacity” with technology experts Lauri Oksanen and Dr. Harri Holma.
As the experts explain, there are specific steps operators can take right now to meet fast growing data demand. By enhancing macro network capacity, using new and existing frequency bands as efficiently as possible, and integrating small cells and macro networks into seamless Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets), they can already boost capacity and cut the ‘production cost’ per gigabyte by a factor of one hundred.
A recent case study in the Tokyo area demonstrated the technical and economic feasibility of building 1000 times more capacity even in an extremely high traffic area covering one square kilometer. The team achieved these results with advanced configuration and traffic management of HetNets using an optimum mix of macro and micro cells. As the amount of traffic over small cells is expected to reach up to 85% of total traffic in 2020, the importance of HetNets and the role of traffic management will grow accordingly.
So, yes, it is possible to achieve 1000 times more capacity with 4G innovation. And to provide the network experience that subscribers expect. But does it stop here? Not at all! We’ll need 5G as capacity demand goes far beyond the 1000-fold mark, but that is another chapter in our story.
Supporting up to 1000 times more capacity is one of the six pillars of the NSN Technology Vision 2020 launched earlier in 2013. This hands-on approach will enable mobile broadband networks to profitably deliver one gigabyte of personalized data per user per day by 2020.
Read more about our Technology Vision 2020 here.