Nokia had launched a 5G-enabled indoor small cell, hoping to benefit from the interest of operators and enterprises in private networks. This Femtocell (Femtocell) now supports LTE and will support 5G non-independent networking (NSA) and 5G independent networking (SA) through software upgrades, the supplier said.
This small cell, named “Smart Node”, will be available in the fourth quarter of 2021, mainly for small and medium enterprises and residential customers.
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Nokia is promoting the solution to corporate and carrier customers. For corporate customers, it promotes femtocells as part of a mobile network that can provide “anti-hacking” security without requiring IT managers to understand and install complex security solutions. Security solutions for smart nodes include digital certificates, IPSec with IKEv2 encryption, firewalls, and tampering alarms.
For network operators, 5G femtocells can provide local drainage and reduce operating costs. Outdoor small cells near companies will require power, backhaul, and real estate, while indoor solutions allow companies to bear these costs.
Of course, the downside is that indoor solution usually only support one corporate customer, while outdoor small cells Can support multiple.
Nokia said that the new femtocell can support up to 32 LTE and 32 5G active users at the same time, and is also preparing to support NB-IoT and CAT-M so that customers can use it for IoT applications.