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Nokia, Sonera trial new copper cable technology

September 13, 2016  

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Nokia and Sonera today announced trials held that demonstrated both 5G mobile networking and new copper cable technologies capable of delivering data speeds of up to 10 Gbps

Nokia and Sonera, the Finnish arm of the Nordic operator Telia Company, have conducted trials at Sonera headquarters in Helsinki of both 5G mobile networking and new copper cable technologies, capable of delivering data speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

The trial in August was built around a 5G-ready network using the Nokia AirScale Base Station and a core network offering. The high-speed, low-latency 5G network used to deliver, among other things, high resolution video footage shot using OZO, Nokia’s virtual reality camera for professionals. Using the 4.5 GHz frequency, this aspect of the trial reached data throughput speeds of over 4.5 Gbps.

Sonera also tested Nokia’s XG-FAST, the fixed broadband technology developed by Nokia Bell Labs which allows existing copper cables to deliver high-speed fixed broadband, saving service providers having to install new cabling.

XG-FAST technology can reach transmission speeds of up to 10 Gbps in a traditional copper cable and it is intended for short copper loops. XG-FAST technology is hence well-fitted, for instance, for projects related to FTTB/Fiber To The Basement, Nokia said in a release.

“Combining mobile and fixed technologies, and making sure those technologies function well together, is more important than ever in future network solutions,” said Timo Hietalahti, head of Network Architecture and Development at Sonera.

“5G has a key role in the Internet of Things and virtual reality solutions, and in order to provide for the explosive growth of mobile traffic we see already now, all technologies allowing us to best utilize fixed networks are needed.”