Nokia showcases futuristic technologies at Innovation Day
Nokia has hosted the India Innovation Day in Bangalore at the Nokia Technology Centre and showcased over 30 futuristic technologies and demonstrations on various R&D projects.
Nokia’s real-time live demonstrations highlighted company’s innovations in Telco Cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and Analytics & 1000x Capacity among many other innovative technologies in the mobile broadband segment. These technologies represented the entire gamut of products, features, and applications that Nokia is currently working on worldwide.
These diverse technologies and over-arching themes across the various demonstrations and presentations, reflected major industry trends that are ready to take on the technology in future.
Rupa Santosh, Head, Nokia Networks’ Technology Center, Bangalore, and Amit Marwah, Head of Technology, India Region, Nokia, were present at the event and spoke about how Nokia is bringing in cutting-edge solutions in the networks business to help operators meet their future challenges.
Here are some of the futuristic technologies that were demonstrated at the Bangalore 2015 Chapter of Nokia India Innovation Day:
Operators the worldover are interested in reducing the cost-of-ownership and exploiting the benefits of cloud technology by moving telecom functions to the cloud. Nokia has been in the forefront of adopting the cloud technology with many of the core network, subscriber data management, and IMS (IP Multimedia subsystems) functions already supported for cloud deployment on general purpose processors. Nokia showed some of these demonstrations in its Innovation day booths.
Internet of Things (IoT) and Analytics
An important technology trend is the emergence of Internet of Things, where we expect billions of small low-cost devices and sensors to be connected to the internet. A number of new use cases and applications are expected to be enabled using this technology, including applications, such as smart cities, smart metering, e Health, sensor networks, and industrial automation. These devices need to be low cost and should have a long battery life so that they need not be charged for several years. New technologies are being developed to meet these requirements using both current 4G and future 5G air interfaces. Technologies like data analytics and prediction methods to estimate end-user experience based on key network performance metrics, to predict when problems may occur in operators’ networks, and when problems do occur, to identify the root cause of these problems were also showcased.
The growth of data traffic, both due to larger number of subscribers and increased data usage per subscriber, implies that there is always a constant need for new spectrum and to do more with the same amount of spectrum. Nokia has been working on a number of features to achieve a 1000x capacity improvement using LTE technology. This 1000x capacity improvement is achieved using 10 times more spectrum, 10 times more base stations, and 10 times more spectral efficiency. Nokia also showcased how unlicensed spectrum can be used by LTE to increase spectrum causing only as much interference as Wi-Fi. Nokia’s small cell solutions that help with the densification of base stations were also demonstrated. And finally, multi-cell coordination techniques and liquid applications (mobile edge computing) and how they can do more with the same amount of spectrum by improving spectral efficiency and cell-edge performance were shown in the demonstrations. The demos also threw light on how these features help improve the performance of video streaming by appropriately providing the right amount of bandwidth for video traffic. The features that improve cell-edge performance by doing coordination across multiple cells were also showcased.