Nokia announced the global launch of new products to further enhance its industry-leading AirScale baseband portfolio, which combines ultra-high performance and capacity with extreme energy efficiency.
Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks at Nokia, said: “We are excited to introduce our enhanced portfolio of next-generation Radio Access Network solutions. Our new baseband delivers twice the performance with just half the energy, helping our customers meet their ESG targets. Enabling ultra-high capacity, our future-ready AirScale baseband portfolio helps manage exponential increases in traffic growth. With our MantaRay solutions portfolio, our customers can leverage the power of Artificial Intelligence in their mobile networks. All of these solutions are O-RAN ready and Cloud RAN compatible, supporting the long-term network evolution to 5G-Advanced and beyond.”
Levante, Lodos and Ponente
Nokia introduces Levante, a 4G/5G capacity card that delivers ultra-performance. Levante doubles the number of supported Massive MIMO cells and yet reduces energy consumption by up to 60%. It also offers exponential scalability, enabling up to three times larger site configurations. Moreover, Lodos, a high-performance 4G/5G capacity card, also offers enhanced scalability and reduces energy consumption by up to 30%.
Nokia has also launched Ponente, a 2G-5G control card for ultra-performance with extreme energy efficiency. It supports increased traffic growth with up to 100% higher throughput capacity, offering high-speed site connectivity. Ponente also reduces energy consumption by up to 80% and provides future-proof site evolution to 5G Standalone and 5G Advanced, as well as efficiency in spectrum refarming. The cards integrate Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology, which uses hardware-processed security keys that are more secure than software-processed keys.
These new products are powered by the latest generation of Nokia’s ReefShark System-on-Chip (SoC) technology to enable industry-leading baseband cell capacity, connectivity and processing.
Levante, Lodos and Ponente will be trialed later this year, with commercial shipments beginning in the first half of 2024.
Pandion and Shikra
Nokia further expanded its radio portfolio for O-RAN, Cloud RAN and purpose-built scenarios with Pandion, Nokia’s latest generation of FDD remote radio heads, supporting up to three FDD bands in a single, optimized form factor as well as Shikra, which complements Nokia’s comprehensive portfolio with leading-edge small cells for both outdoor and indoor scenarios.
Nokia has also announced the launch of MantaRay, which brings the power of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) to support intelligent, efficient and cognitive RAN operations. The MantaRay portfolio includes MantaRay Network Management, Nokia’s future platform for Purpose-built RAN, Cloud RAN and Core Network management, which can scale from a single server for small enterprises to large-scale implementations; MantaRay SON (Self-Organizing Networks) with advanced AI and cognitive capabilities to lead the transformation of mobile networks; and MantaRay RIC (Nokia’s O-RAN compliant near real-time RAN Intelligent Controller), which has the potential to become a key enabler for RAN programmability. Nokia also launches MantaRay Energy, which combines Nokia’s capabilities to optimize the energy consumption of radio access networks with AI and ML.