Nokia to showcase working 5G radio equipment at MWC

Nokia Neworks has announced that it will be coming to the Mobile World Congress with a bag full of 5G tricks including two working prototypes of new radio equipment, Internet of Things security and an LTE-M demo with Korea Telecom.

The Finnish company will be showing off ‘5G radio equipment’ operating on new millimetre and centimetre wave bands to achieve high capacities, and incorporating new frame structures to achieve single-digit millisecond latency.

The idea that much lower latencies require much shorter frame lengths for signalling is something Nokia has been researching for a while. At the ‘5G Global Conference’ which Inside5G covered last October, Eeva Lahetkangas, senior specialist of radio research, spoke of short subframes allowing devices to wake up, synch very quickly, transmit the relevant data and go back to sleep.

“At Nokia Networks, we are already demonstrating key technologies like 5G that will make mobile networks the natural choice for bringing these possibilities to reality”

But at MWC, Nokia comes with more than words and will showcase the technology which enables very low latency applications such as remote control over robots working in construction and maintenance.

‘Within the next ten years, we will see 50 billion things connected, enabling industries to become more efficient and helping people to improve their daily lives,’ said Kathrin Buvac, Vice President, Strategy at Nokia Networks. ‘At Nokia Networks, we are already demonstrating key technologies like 5G that will make mobile networks the natural choice for bringing these possibilities to reality.’

Nokia will also be launching its extended Mobile Guard solution for security control to address complex IoT applications. The company claims that 70% of IoT devices are vulnerable to attack and therefore that security is fundamental and inseparable from the safe and reliable operation of IoT-connected devices.

“the strategic partnership with Nokia, including the joint demonstration at MWC 2015, will lay a foundation for the two companies’ leadership position along the journey towards an IoT world”

Finally, Nokia will also exhibit a pre-5G LTE for machine-to-machine communications in conjunction with Korea Telecom. The prototype is said to connect an extreme number of wearables, cars and smart grid elements ensuring a battery life of more than 10 years and providing four times more coverage than conventional LTE.

‘I hope that the strategic partnership with Nokia, including the joint demonstration at MWC 2015, will lay a foundation for the two companies’ leadership position along the journey towards an IoT world,’ said Seong-Mok Oh, the head of network group and senior vice President at Korea Telecom.

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