Nokia taps into Wi-Fi, unused spectrum, beamforming for new releases

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Nokia is boasting speeds of up to 400MBps by aggregating TD-LTE-A with Wi-Fi, amid a showcase of new LTE technologies.

Dubbed TD-LTE-A Pro/Wi-Fi, Nokia said the technology can help operators further improve the quality of their network by using Wi-Fi access points.

A demonstration of the technology will take place at this week's Mobile World Congress in Shanghai. The vendor will also demonstrate Nokia FastMile, which taps into unused high frequency spectrum to deliver residential broadband to underconnected customers in rural and suburban areas.

The end to end solution uses TDD spectrum and guarantees speeds by mitigating interference and using "advanced" antenna topology. Operators can offer the service through a residential device and can underpin it with Nokia's Intelligent Beamforming technology.

Nokia will also demonstrate what it claims is the industry's first Distributed Beamforming technology. It said the technology triples download and upload capacity of its own TD-LTE-A Supercell, which is a group of cells run by a single baseband unit.

Nokia said by using the technology, inter-cell interference is removed and cell edge speeds are increased.

Tero Peltola, Head of the LTE Business Line at Nokia, said: "As global subscriber data demand continues to rise, Nokia is committed to developing technologies that will help operators efficiently unlock the potential of their 4G networks, enabling greater connectivity while reducing the cost of ownership of running those networks as well as power consumption. Initiatives such as FastMile for TD-LTE will let operators improve connectivity to those who are currently unconnected and change people's lives for the better."

Last week, Nokia announced its latest solution for the Internet of Things. The Intelligent Management Platform for All Connected Things handles the likes of data collection and contextualisation, analytics and security.