Nokia and China Mobile conduct trial of innovative Centralized RAN and 4G technologies inside sports stadium
Via Nokia Newscenter
Apr 11, 2016
- Nokia and China Mobile carry out first ever deployment of Centralized RAN within a TD-LTE network at the Beilun Stadium in Ningbo, China
- Trial delivered exceptionally high-quality, high-speed mobile experience with improvement of upload speeds by 62%
- Centralized RAN technology is a key step in evolution to Cloud-RAN networks
11 April, 2016
Beijing, China – Nokia and China Mobile have conducted a trial of Centralized RAN technology within a TD-LTE network in a sports stadium to demonstrate how the combination can meet the high-speed, high-bandwidth demands generated by big sporting and entertainment events.
Spectators at stadium events are increasingly expecting the same level of mobile connectivity they have in the home as they share pictures and videos via social media or upload content to the cloud. However, slower network speeds and interference can traditionally impact the experience.
To address this challenge, Nokia worked with China Mobile to deploy, for the first time, Centralized RAN technology in a TD-LTE network at the Beilun Stadium in Ningbo, China. The technology monitored the signals of up to six radio cells, combining those of the best four to communicate with subscribers’ devices and turn interference into useful traffic.
Some 6,000 spectators inside the stadium were provided with an exceptional high-quality, high-speed mobile experience, with upload speeds improved by 62 percent compared to existing TD-LTE networks in high-traffic locations. During peak usage times, devices were receiving data at speeds of 12 megabits per second (Mbps) or more, allowing users to use webchat applications and upload pictures without service degradation. The power efficiency of their devices was also improved by up to 33 percent.
Nokia’s Centralized RAN technology can be deployed via software upgrade to an existing Flexi Multiradio 10 Base station network. For mobile operators, Centralized RAN is a key step in their Cloud RAN network evolution.
Solution details at a glance:
- Centralized RAN with TD-LTE technology based on the Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station
Wang Yong, Assistant to the General Manager at Ningbo Mobile said :
“Nokia is China Mobile’s important strategic partner in TD-LTE. Technology innovation and improvement has always been Ningbo Mobile’s focus. With this successful trial, we have shown that centralized RAN technology can eliminate the 4G network strain typically caused at large events. As mobile data use continues to rise, innovations like this from Nokia will help us meet the demands for high-quality service from our subscribers in densely populated stadiums and other areas.
Yu Xiaohan, head of CBT CMCC at Nokia Great China, said:
“Our innovative technology offers a compact, high performance and cost-optimized solution to meet operators’ high traffic needs. We are the first to demonstrate this technology on TD-LTE at an event attended by the customers of an operator in China, demonstrating how we can offer mobile operators new efficiencies as their networks continue to evolve to satisfy ever-growing data and quality demands. As a new technology incubator, Ningbo Mobile has helped with the trialling and go-to-market of Nokia’s TD-LTE new technologies and new versions, and this time we successfully demonstrated together how to solve consumers’ problem of a bad surfing experience in densely populated area.”
Did you know?
- In the past year, Nokia Centralized RAN has improved the mobile broadband user experience in more than one million stadium seats across the world.
- With Nokia’s recently expanded portfolio it is the market leader in TD-LTE according to Dell'Oro Q3 and Q4 2015 reports
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