Nokia boxes clever with new mini 4G network

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Nokia Networks has launched an "LTE network in a box", a 40kg macro base station aimed at bringing communications to disaster areas or industrial sites.

The box has an integrated core network allowing it to run on FDD or TD-LTE bands, and features ports of external IP connectivity. The unit is based on the vendor's Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and can support thousands of users.

The Finland-based vendor said the box can be powered by a car-based inverter or small generator. It does not require any additional cabinets, cooling or shelter and can be set up in a few minutes.

The product is aimed at first responders in disaster areas, as well as operators looking to bring remote areas online. Another area it could be deployed it at industrial sites like mines or petrochemical plants. The box can support thousands of users.

Deepak Harie, Vice President of Systems Integration Services at Nokia Networks, said: "We've combined our award-winning Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station with integrated core network software to build a very compact Network in a box. It allows for easy implementation of a dedicated stand-alone LTE network in next to no time.

"Nokia Network in a box can be used in multiple ways - to provide network connectivity in remote areas, as a stand-alone communications network for enterprises like oil rigs and to support public safety communications."

Operators are using several different types of technology in a bid to bring remote parts of their markets online. Vodafone in the UK has been rolling out its Sure Signal project, while EE is looking at "floating" small cells to connect customers.

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