Nokia said it will be using Qualcomm’s chipsets for its Smart Node portfolio of All-in-One base stations for 5G indoor use. The 5G Smart Node products, which also use Qualcomm’s 5G RAN platform for small cells, are designed to deliver full indoor 5G coverage for residential and enterprise networks. They should become available from early next year and an affordable price point, Nokia added.
The company also noted that the new 5G Smart Node complements its portfolio of 5G Small Cells such as the AirScale Micro Remote Radio Head and AirScale Indoor Radio, commercially deployed by many operator networks worldwide to boost 5G capacity and coverage.
Specifically, the 5G Smart Node is a low-power, flexible mount product that operators can use to address 5G network densification and indoor coverage requirements. The nodes are easy and quick to install and can work in home, small office and enterprise settings. They also sport a modular design for flexibility, are easy to upgrade from 4G to 5G, and are touch safe and deployable on tabletops, ceilings or walls. Paired with the Qualcomm FSM100xx software defined small cell modem, software upgrades will allow for simplified advancement to future mobile network standards and releases.
Other features include Narrowband IoT support for low-power, wide-area coverage, emergency helpline services, local break out and telecom grade security.