Nokia Networks is leading the way to implementing 5G-ready massive broadband in areas with millions of homes near to fibre but without last hop connectivity via fibre to the home.
The solution bridges from the existing fibre network using high throughput  5G-ready hotspots placed, for example, on adjacent lamp posts to cover the last hop. This ensures at least 1Gbps throughput for every home. Nokia Networks will start trialling in 2016 and targets commercial availability in 2017.
Today, operators are facing a true challenge in finding cost-effective, future-ready alternatives to connect the millions of people who currently do not take advantage of ultra-high-speed broadband connectivity.
Nokia Networks’ massive broadband solution addresses this challenge with 5G-ready network elements that respond to today’s requirements with software that will be easy to upgrade to full 5G once standards are fully defined and established. Operators will be able to offer high-speed broadband without the need to connect all these homes individually.
Connecting homes near fibre, Nokia Networks’ 5G-ready solution is the first concrete step towards realizing the benefits inherent with full 5G. Nokia Networks’ holistic programmable 5G multi-service architecture revealed on 2 September 2015 provides a clear view on what type of network architecture is needed related to future use cases, including not only people but mission-critical machine communications, and machine-to-machine connections for enhanced Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Learnings from early 5G use cases will benefit the industry and help define a robust set of specifications in the standardisation bodies.
In April, 2015, Nokia Networks together with National Instruments demonstrated 10Gbps speeds over the air with massive MIMO and beamsteering technologies, paving the way for meeting 5G requirements. It is a concrete proof point of our capability to deliver on the promise of a true 1 Gbps last hop connection to the home in the timeline outlined here today.
Marc Rouanne, executive vice-president: mobile broadband at Nokia Networks, says: “We have all the building blocks in place to make the first concrete 5G use case a reality as early as in 2017. This marks an important foundation for shaping the future of mobile broadband and enabling a personalised gigabit experience for the broadband subscribers in the comfort of their home.”