Nokia has announced that it will introduce 4.9G technologies by the end of 2017, which, it said, will allow operators to “dramatically enhance their network performance and manage the significantly higher infrastructure demands on the path to 5G”.

According to the company, its new 4.9G massive multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) Adaptive Antenna will also increase cell capacity by up to five times. Meanwhile, the newly developed 4.5G Pro AirScale Micro Remote Radio Head (RRH) will allow “operators to take advantage of unlicensed spectrum to enable Gigabit speeds”.

The 4.9G is intended to provide significant increases in capacity and several Gigabits of speed-per-second, which is itself set to help on the path to 5G deployment. Nokia said that the introduction of the AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antenna will drive capacity increases for megacity deployments.

Nokia plans to demonstrate the technology using 3D Beamforming software to deliver throughput gains of up to eightfold uplink and fivefold downlink at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017, set to be held in Barcelona from February 27th to March 2nd.

The company explained that the demonstration will leverage commercially-available devices operating on TD-LTE band 41. The AirScale massive MIMO launch complements Nokia 4.9G Cloud RAN technology.

At MWC 2017, Nokia will give a the first demonstration of Cloud Single RAN running virtualised 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G radios and 2G and 3G network controllers over commercial AirScale and AirFrame platforms.

Frank Weyerich, head of mobile networks products at Nokia, said: “Nokia introduced 4.5G Pro and 4.9G last year to allow operators to implement network capacity increases where and when it made sense for them. Now we are delivering features that will maximise their resources, speed deployment times and cut power and costs especially in the most densely populated locations.”

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