This blog is by Carol DeMatteo from the Networks business of Nokia.
What a great feeling to be recognized for something so deeply embedded in our culture at Nokia: innovation. This spirit of innovation comes to life when real-world, game-changing solutions help our customers create high performance networks. Two of these solutions just received Pipeline 2014 COMET Innovation Awards at the event this week in Nice, France.
Nokia’s Flexi Zone small cell solution won in the “Network Technology” category, while our Centralized RAN solution was recognized as runner-up in the “Technical Developments” category. Technology submissions are reviewed by an external judging panel comprised of executive-level service providers and key industry analysts.
Scott St. John, executive editor of Pipeline, comments:
“Nokia’s submissions in the 2014 COMET Awards clearly illustrate the company’s continued heritage of innovation. Flexi Zone and Centralized RAN are integral to providing quality wireless coverage and overcoming significant issues faced by mobile operators today. Nokia’s submissions were very strong – amidst an incredibly intense competition this year – and embraced the true nature of innovation. Their awards are well deserved.”
Since its launch in 2012, Flexi Zone has caught the industry’s attention. The LTE and Wi-Fi solution features the industry’s smallest indoor and outdoor micro/pico cells, yet provides the same capacity and features as macro base stations by using the same software. This unique macro parity simplifies operation and deployment to provide 30% lower overall costs than competing small cells when operators use these as stand-alone cells.
Earlier this year at Mobile World Congress, Nokia announced significant enhancements to the Flexi Zone architecture, pushing the boundaries of what small cells can do. Nokia added dynamic load-balancing eICIC, giving an additional 30% capacity compared to competing implementations and allowing for efficient HetNets that are compatible with all existing subscribers devices.
Also during MWC, Nokia introduced its Centralized RAN solution to help operators achieve high capacity for dense venues such as stadiums and other special events where many smartphone users are located in small areas. Centralized RAN can double the uplink capacity in existing LTE networks, achieving up to 10 times faster uploads at the cell edge. This enables operators to build denser LTE networks by delivering more capacity and more robust services even during high-traffic events.
We’re honored to be recognized by the Pipeline COMET Innovation Awards committee for the level of innovation we continue to bring to our operator customers and to the mobile broadband sector.
Other recent award wins for Nokia include two GTB awards in the “Best mobile infrastructure” category: iSON Automation for Operations with O2 (Telefonica UK) and for VoLTE with StarHub.
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