Nokia tries to cure Wi-Fi headaches, adds new fixed access SDN solution

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Nokia has added a new household Wi-Fi solution as part of its flagship portfolio of broadband access technologies.

The Intelligent Access bundle now includes the Nokia Wi-Fi solution, which consists of a line of gateways and extenders that increase high-speed coverage around the home.

The hardware uses Broadcom’s BCM4363 WLAN chipset, featuring Air-IQ technology, which analyses and avoids the effects of interference from other household devices using technologies such as Bluetooth in unlicensed spectrum.

Nokia said the solution would help operators to reduce the costs of dealing with customer helpdesk enquiries, around 30 percent of which are related to poor connectivity in the home.

Federico Guillèn, President of Nokia Fixed Networks, said: "Nokia Wi-Fi will be a great tool for service providers to increase customer loyalty and focus on new revenue streams.”

The Finland-based vendor also introduced an SDN solution for the fixed access network consisting of a virtualised access platform and a line of programmable access nodes. Cloud-based software platform Altiplano allows operators to virtualise network functions that are traditionally embedded in access equipment, while Lightspan nodes allow operators to take advantage of the platform's capabilities.

New fixed deployment options have also been added to the Intelligent Access portfolio, including fibre nodes for outdoor environments and data centres, as well as a G.fast solution and backhaul nodes for DSL.

Further, the bundle now features the industry’s first wireless Passive Optical Network solution, which uses superfast wireless connectivity in the backhaul network to allow an operator to extend it more quickly.

Finally, Nokia unveiled a new Unified Cable Access solution, which supports operators in moving their cable networks to a distributed architecture.