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UK begins vehicle-to-everything road safety system trials
by Paul Hill
Vodafone has announced that the UK has begun trials of its vehicle-to-everything road safety system that connects vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, and infrastructure to create a more cohesive digital transport system that provides live, localised, and targeted updates about lane closures, speed restrictions, and traffic incidents.
The new system has been developed by Vodafone, Nokia, and Chordant with support from the government’s Centre for Connected and Automated Vehicles (CCAV) and the Midlands Future Mobility (MFM) consortium. For its part, Vodafone is providing the 4G and 5G networks and advanced multi-access edge computing (MEC) technology to allow real-time road information to be sent from Highways England to users’ smartphones.
Commenting on the system which is being trialled in the West Midlands, Mike Waters, Director of Police, Strategy and Innovation at TfWM, said:
According to Vodafone, 4,000 people are killed every day around the world in road traffic crashes with over 50% of those killed being pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists. Additionally, it said road transport contributes to 20% of the global carbon emissions. With vehicle-to-everything technology, it hopes to reduce both carbon emissions and fatalities.
EE to use Self-Organizing Networks software to boost reliability
by Paul Hill
Nokia has announced that its Self-Organizing Networks (SON) software will be adopted by BT’s mobile network, EE. With the new SON software, EE’s network reliability and service will be improved in its 4G and 5G networks.
With the deployment of SON software, EE should be able to manage its network in a more cost-effective manner. It uses intelligent automation to prevent issues from arising which leads to better customer experiences. As EE’s operational costs fall, it could pass on the savings to customers making its services more competitive.
Commenting on the deal between the two firms, Steve Holmes, RAN Design Director of BT, said:
According to Nokia, EE will be able to use a Software Development Kit (SDK) to create their own SON solutions that are unique to their needs. One use case of the software will be to help smoothly transition customers from one radio cell to another without the customers experiencing dropped calls or interruptions.
Nokia Smart Node provides “premium” indoor 5G mobile coverage
by Paul Hill
Nokia has announced the Nokia Smart Node, an all-in-one solution that delivers high-quality 4G and 5G indoor mobile coverage for residential and small-medium enterprise use. The plug-and-play nature of the device makes it easy to set up and keeps installation costs to a minimum.
The Finnish telecoms firm said that its product has been designed in such a way that it can be easily scaled in indoor environments, they can be used singly in smaller premises or as a group in larger environments. The versatile hardware can be installed on walls, ceilings, or mounted on a desktop.
Discussing the product, Giuseppe Targia, VP Mobile Network Transport Business Unit at Nokia, said:
To ensure you get good performance, the Nokia Smart Note supports traffic management by reducing the core network load and optimising macro resource allocation. On the security front, Nokia said the device provides a secure connection and SIM-based authentication to deliver “quality required by mobile networks.”
The plug-and-play device will go on sale from the fourth quarter, according to the Finnish firm. To learn more, head over to the product page.
Nokia to aid LG Uplus expand 5G connectivity in South Korea
by Sayan Sen
Nokia has struck a deal with LG Uplus to expand 5G connectivity in South Korea. LG Uplus is one of the largest carrier services in the East Asian country and the company will be deploying Nokia's small cell-based AirScale Indoor Radio (ASiR) systems to meet its 5G coverage demands.
Nokia AirScale Radio Access solution As 5G grows, mobile data traffic is also expected to rise by leaps and bounds which require tremendous densification to provide for the capacity required. Nokia's ASiR, the company says, is a solution to help communication service providers (CSPs), like LG Uplus, to transition to 5G New Radio (NR) from 4G in an easy and cost-effective way. DaeHee Kim, SVP and the Head of Network Infra Technology Group at LG Uplus says:
In terms of equipment, Nokia's Digital Baseband unit (BBU) and ASiR-pRRH (pico Remote Radio Head) will be utilized. The ASiR system combines multiple ASiR pRRH units to produce a single frequency network (SFN) that helps to extend the broadcasting area without the need for additional frequencies. The system will feature multi-band and multi-operator support. The networks under ASiR can also be remotely configured thanks to its web-based manager, and the compact nature of ASiR means that it can be scaled and upgraded easily. To know more about the technology, visit the official Nokia ASiR webpage here.
LG Uplus has been working on expanding the 5G network in South Korea for some time. In December last year, the carrier, in partnership with Qualcomm and LG announced that it's introducing the country's first 5G mmWave network at the Kumoh National Institute of Technology (KIT).
Nokia to use new Intel Xeon Scalable Processors to reduce emissions
by Paul Hill
Nokia has announced that its AirFrame data centre is set to begin using third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors that will boost speeds, data throughput, and ultimately lower energy consumption which reduce the firm’s carbon emissions. Nokia said that it will upgrade its hardware as soon as the latest processors are released thanks to its partnership with Intel.
Commenting on the news, Pasi Toivanen, Head of Edge Cloud at Nokia, said:
Nokia’s AirFrame data centre is used to run virtualized and cloud-native software that demand powerful computing resources. Nokia said that it helps support network functions and addresses latency constraints so that huge data demands can be met. Nokia’s new processors will be used to support its 5G AirScale Cloud RAN and 5G Cloud Core solutions.
Switching to the new processors will help the firm meet its Science Based Targets (SBT). Last month, it said that it wants to reduce its emissions by 50% by 2030 compared to 2019 and it wants to meet a 1.5°C global warming scenario.