Nokia shows off first commercially ready 5G network named AirScale


Nokia is to make the first ever demonstration of a 5G network running on commercial platforms as part of its showcase at 5G World, the Finland-based telecom equipment maker said. Other vendors have demonstrated 5G connectivity, but using lab equipment.

5G World is a telecom industry event that will kick off tomorrow in London. The 5G standard is supposed to provide steady bandwidth of over 10 Mbps per user.

“Following the successful launch in February of the industry-first 5G-ready AirScale Radio Access technology Nokia will demonstrate AirScale working together with its Cloud Packet Core, running on a Nokia AirFrame data center platform, the foundation of a commercial 5G architecture.

“This demonstration will be one of a number of activities at 5G World that Nokia will conduct to update the industry on its progress in realizing the potential of 5G and the creation of a seamless fabric of dynamic networks serving a multi-connected world.

Via product and technology demonstrations as well as keynote sessions, Nokia will explain how it is accelerating the development and standardization of 5G and providing the technological means for operators to prepare and unlock the full potential of their networks.”

By 2020, full 5G services are expected to be launched, enabling unprecedented levels of coverage and capacity as well as increases in speeds, enhanced energy efficiency and reductions in latency, it said.

5G networks will provide ubiquitous connectivity for the 46 billion connected devices Bell Labs Consulting estimates will be in use, serving the augmented real-world and virtual reality needs of people and application areas such as autonomous cars, industrial automation and remote robotics, smart cities and personal healthcare, the company said.

Nokia Bell Labs will demonstrate a new concept in Network Slicing, which will create and automatically map capabilities for the radio, transport, core and application layers into a discreet network ‘slice’. Using cloud orchestration, new services can be created instantly and delivered to meet the specific and diverse demands of any customer or application, such as providing low-latency support to control machines in a factory, or providing extreme high-speed broadband to enterprises and homes.

These latest developments underscore the impact of the company’s increased research and development efforts focused around 5G, and the scale of its R&D capacity, with over 40,000 scientists and engineers globally