Nokia boosts FWA range with new receivers


Nokia is launching new fixed wireless products to increase the bandwidth of networks and speed up deployment of the technology.

The suite comprises outdoor receivers and indoor gateways that the vendor said were easy to install and offered a means for operators to provide FWA to their customers.

The FastMile outdoor receivers improve spectral efficiency by five times those off indoor antennas, Nokia claimed. It said the products would delivery higher speeds, greater consistency of performance and lower costs of deploying a radio access network.

The vendor said the receivers can be equipped with Nokia's Automatic Beam Alignment to establish the best connection to sites. A smartphone application can provide the best means of installation for engineers.

Its indoor gateways will launch in the first half of next year and are equipped with high-gain antennas and 4x4 MIMO. They include compatibility with POTS (plain old telephone service) and ethernet ports.

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Rupert Wood, Research Director at Analysys Mason, said: "As 5G dawns, there has been as spike in interest in FWA both as a means for fixed broadband operators to complement fibre-based services, and as a means for more mobile-centric operators to offer their own challenger services to established broadband."

Federico Guillen, President of Nokia Fixed Networks, said: "When it comes to fixed broadband access, there are two things that customers typically care about: speed and reliability of the service delivered. In the wireless world, subscribers are more apt to sacrifice speed for the flexibility to be connected anywhere.

"New FWA technologies...[gives] mobile operators the flexibility to use existing wireless networks to deliver fast, reliable ultra-broadband access to homes and businesses. FWA complements more traditional fixed access solutions and is an important tool in the toolkit helping operators connect more people sooner."