This blog is by Roberta Lima from Nokia Networks.
The small cell achievements of Nokia’s Research Center in Arlington Heights, Chicago, include the installation and commissioning of small cells in less than 30 minutes as well as record LTE speeds. This and Nokia’s live test network in a Chicago suburb are helping boost small cell innovation, showing how operators can provide seamless indoor coverage from an outdoor network.
Nokia’s Randy Cox, head of product management for Small Cells confirms their growing popularity: “With our wide portfolio of products for all use cases, we’re driving significant momentum in the industry for small cells.”
The research center’s work also reveals the practical difficulties facing operators as they seek to make greater use of small cells and benefit from solutions such as Flexi Zone that support LTE and Wi-Fi. Based on Nokia’s Liquid Radio architecture, Flexi Zone is designed to form an underlay network at street and indoor level that can offload traffic from the macro layer.
Watch how Nokia is developing small cells from its Chicago facility:
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