Nokia has launched what it claims as the world's first MulteFire small cell as part of its HetNet offerings to enable operators to leverage global unlicensed spectrum for secure, high-capacity and high-coverage private LTE networks.
The new small cell - the Nokia Flexi Zone MulteFire Multiband Pico BTS - will allow companies to connect mobile sensor-enabled 'things' and people more efficiently, enabling new business models and paving the way towards future 5G connectivity.
Nokia said Private LTE and, in the future, 5G, will help transform operations for industries and enterprises, in segments such as logistics, energy, mining, transportation, manufacturing, venues and smart cities. Private LTE will provide high-coverage and performance, low latency and reliable wireless connectivity as an additional option to Ethernet, allowing companies to increase productivity and efficiency through pervasive wireless mobile connectivity required for people and machine-type communications.
With 'Wi-Fi-like' ease of deployment, the MulteFire small cell will operators to be able to expand their mobile enterprise offer to companies in regions of the world outside of their licensed spectrum footprint.
At the same time, owners of public buildings such as hotels, malls, stadiums and venues will also benefit from new revenue streams, with the ability to open up their Private LTE network to mobile providers to enhance indoor services for subscribers at their location.