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  • Nokia Wavence solution for carrier aggregation supports increased traffic demand ahead of 5G rollouts

Bengaluru, NFAPost: Nokia announced that it has successfully completed a trial with Algerian mobile operator Djezzy, using microwave carrier aggregation technology to support increased demand for capacity.

The Nokia Wavence range introduces innovative, high-capacity ultra-broadband transceivers to support operators as they transition to 4.5G, 4.9G and eventually 5G networks. The trial utilised Nokia’s Wavence microwave transport solution with an ultra-high capacity of 8.5Gbps over a distance of nearly 6 kilometers.

With its reduced latency and high capacity, the solution will allow Djezzy to deliver compelling experiences to its 14.2 million subscribers.  

During the trial, which took place in the city of Sétif earlier this year, capacity was increased from 3.5Gbps to 8.5 Gbps and covered a distance of 5.7 kilometers, demonstrating how carrier aggregation technology can be utilised to support ever-increasing demands for data. This will become increasingly important as Djezzy prepares to cope with traffic growth and 4G densification.

The trial also marks yet another milestone for Nokia in reaching such multi-gigabit capacity on a microwave radio link. The Nokia Wavence solution, which was used in the trial, offers innovative, high-capacity ultra-broadband transceivers to support operators as they transition to 5G networks. It also supports backhaul and fronthaul evolution with multi-gigabit capacity and low-latency transport with industry-leading levels of transmitted power.

Djezzy Algeria Chief Digital and Technology Officer Eric Bourland said this is an important trial that delivers ultra-high capacity granting Djezzy a solid solution for Mobile Backhaul.

“We believe this fast deployment of microwave carrier aggregation will help us achieve our goal of boosting eMBB. It also allows us to improve our network capacity in order to meet the growing mobile traffic demand in Algeria,” said Djezzy Algeria Chief Digital and Technology Officer Eric Bourland.

Nokia VP MN Transport Business Unit, Mobile Networks Giuseppe Targia said this trial demonstrates how carrier aggregation technology can be utilised to support the ever-increasing demands for data, particularly at a time when connectivity is so crucial.

“We are delighted to continue our strong partnership with Djezzy on this project and will continue to work with it hand-in-hand to deliver innovative microwave solutions that support its business targets,” said Nokia VP MN Transport Business Unit, Mobile Networks Giuseppe Targia.

Nokia Wavence introduces state-of-the-art UBTs with the most advanced radio technologies and multi-frequency carrier aggregation. Wavence supports backhaul and fronthaul evolution with multi-gigabit capacities and low latency transport with best-in-class transmitted power. Thanks to this, Wavence supports a complete Zero-Footprint 5G microwave transport solution for all use cases (from urban to rural) thanks to the compact transceivers and extended with outdoor combiner and networking modules.

The ultra-broadband transceiver applies for all – UBT-C is the most-compact 5G-ready radio, UBT-S is the single carrier box, the UBT-T is the dual carrier box and the compact E-band UBT-m family (standard power UBT-m, extended power UBT-mX and urban variant UBT-mU) are addressing all operator needs and through carrier aggregation they deliver multi-gigabit, low latency microwave transport. Wavence UBT-mX provides the market’s highest transmit power, the smallest size and power consumption to enable operators to extend their E-Band links.

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