China Mobile first to deploy Nokia's new Massive MIMO solution, accelerating the transition to 5G services

26.06.2019 klo 08:00 China Mobile first to deploy Nokia's new Massive MIMO solution, accelerating the transition to 5G services

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  * China Mobile instrumental in development with Nokia of world-first 320W
    mMIMO Adaptive Antenna (MAA)
  * Nokia AirScale MAA solution helps solve the operator's challenges as it
    concurrently delivers 4G and 5G services, and control its costs as it
    evolves to 5G

26 June 2019

Mobile World Congress, Shanghai, China - Nokia has announced that China Mobile
(CMCC) will adopt its new AirScale mMIMO Adaptive Antenna (MAA), created
specifically for the massive bandwidth and coverage requirements of the Chinese
market as it transitions to 5G. Building on CMCC's leadership in the 2.6 GHz 5G
ecosystem, the Nokia MAA ensures that, as one of the world's biggest operators,
CMCC can more efficiently allocate network resources between 4G and 5G users and
address the demand for high-bandwidth 5G use cases.

As a 5G pioneer, CMCC already leads in the development of 2.6 GHz mobile
services in the Chinese market. But it requires even greater bandwidth, coverage
and flexibility to ensure it can deliver the most optimized 5G experience across
its markets.

Nokia worked directly with the operator to create the new version of the MAA
which - at 320W - is at least 80W greater than the closest MAA on the market.
CMCC is now able to support 4G and 5G in concurrent mode in the 2.6 GHz
frequency band, which helps CMCC to flexibly balance the two technologies. In
addition, the 160 MHz, 320W version ensures CMCC has better coverage and
capacity, which helps to reduce CAPEX as the operator transitions its
subscribers to 5G.

Mark Atkinson, Head of 5G and Small Cells business at Nokia, said: "Nokia has
been operating in China for 40 years, and we are pleased to have this
opportunity to work so closely with an industry leader like China Mobile. The
development of the AirScale MAA with its industry-first 320W output is the
direct result of input from the China Mobile team on what they needed to speed
the deployment of 5G services to their customers. We look forward to continuing
to work with CMCC as its 5G plans evolve."

The MAA uses 64 transmit and 64 receive antenna elements, which combined deliver
a total of 320W output power, the highest of any MAA in the industry.

Nokia currently has 43 commercial 5G deals with operators around the world and
is involved in more than 100 5G-related customer engagements. During Mobile
World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia won the coveted 5G Leadership Award for
demonstrating leadership across the 5G ecosystem - through innovation,
collaborative R&D, a wide range of industry partnerships and significant
contribution across both the technical and business aspects of this technology.

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