Nokia is trying to bridge the gap between 4G speeds and the upcoming 5G by introducing its AirScale MIMO Adaptive Antenna for 4.9G technology. The aim for Nokia is to upgrade connectivity and set the stage for the grand arrival of 5G super speeds. This is seen as a final push in the current LTE infrastructure so that it paves way for 5G internet connectivity. Nokia had unveiled its plans for 4.9G and 4.5G Pro in 2016 itself. According to its press release, such a technology will help firms and users till 2018 when the 5G networks are supposed to arrive.
In the new tech, the antenna which will be used sends network signals directly to the smartphones instead of broadcasting it in different directions. This is possible because of 3D beamforming technology, which will also be present in the 5G devices when they launch, according to a report in ZDNet. Nokia made a press release, and according to it, the technology will lead to an improvement in uplink by 8 times, and downlink by at least 5 times on any network.
Nokia in a statement said: “Nokia 4.9G will provide significant increases in capacity and several Gigabits of speed-per-second on the path to 5G.” It added, “At Mobile World Congress 2017, Nokia – working with the US service provider Sprint – will demonstrate the technology using 3D Beamforming software to deliver throughput gains of up to eightfold uplink and fivefold downlink.”
Nokia said, “Nokia will also make 4.5G Pro Gigabit data speeds a reality now for operators with limited and disparate blocks of the spectrum while allowing them to densify networks with the commercial introduction of a new AirScale Micro Remote Radio Head (RRH). This will allow macro sites to leverage unlicensed spectrum using Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA).”
In the fast-evolving world of technology, how can internet speeds be slow? New innovations are ensuring that users now move over slow internet speeds with 2G, 3G or even 4G connections. Intel & Qualcomm are already working towards bringing 5G connections to your smartphones, with 400 times the speed. According to Forbes, the 5G modems will start sampling in 2017 and go into production in 2018. A study by OpenSignal says that the global average download speed of 4G connections is 13.5 Mbps. Hence, if the 5G connection, with 800 MHz bandwidth support, can get the download speeds to 5 Gbps, it will be almost 400 times the current speed.