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Path to 5G; Nokia to start producing ‘AirScale’ by year end

In a proactive move, telecommunications major Nokia has said that it will start manufacturing the 5G-ready “AirScale” multiband base station by year end. In recent times, the demand for such multiband base stations has been rising in both national and international markets. This is why the company has decided to start producing these in India at its manufacturing facility in Oragadam, near Chennai. The development also indicates that 5G is not very far from becoming a household name in the country. The 5G technology could be launched in the country by 2020 and trial runs may be conducted even earlier. The Nokia “AirScale” multiband base station will provide the support that telecom companies will need to start experimenting with 5G.

The Nokia “AirScale” multiband base station offers a wide range of advanced features such as carrier aggregation, 4×4 Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) and 8×4 beam forming. All of these can be used by telecom companies to improve performance and efficiency of their existing 4G networks. It will also allow them to start experimenting with the rollout of 5G and IoT (Internet of Things). Talking about the AirScale multiband base station, Monika Maurer, Chief Operating Officer at Nokia, said that the manufacturing will be done as per the Make in India program of the Indian government. Nokia’s AirScale will be the world’s first triple-band radio and apart from advanced technology, it will be cheaper and occupy less space.

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