Nokia today announced the Nokia Flexi WiMAX Base Station, an innovation that will revolutionize the way broadband wireless networks will be built while minimizing operating and capital expenditures for broadband wireless operators. The introduction of the Nokia Flexi WiMAX Base Station shows Nokia's engagement in mobile WiMAX and is rooted in the company's global expertise in wireless network deployments.
Operators will benefit from the small and modular design of the Nokia Flexi WiMAX Base Station, which can optimize the costs of siting and operating WiMAX infrastructure. The compact size and light weight design of the base station modules minimizes the space needed, power consumption, and physical effort to install and run high quality WiMAX networks, and uses existing or new base station sites efficiently. It can be installed both indoors and outdoors and does not require air conditioning. Furthermore, its modularity will allow for easy capacity upgrades as traffic increases.
The Nokia Flexi WiMAX Base Station will be commercially available for the 2.5 GHz band at the end of 2007 and for 3.5 GHz in 1Q 2008. WiMAX-capable Nokia mobile devices are expected to be available in 2008.
"As the world is going wireless we believe the Nokia Flexi WiMAX Base Station offers broadband operators an easy and trusted way to offer wireless Internet connectivity to their customers anytime, anywhere," says Ari Lehtoranta, Senior Vice President, Radio Networks, Nokia. "Nokia is a strong believer in having a multiradio strategy that gives operators a future-proof solution and the flexibility to choose different technologies as they evolve."
The Nokia Flexi WiMAX Base Station is part of Nokia's overall mobile WiMAX solution, which complements its current solutions to operators in cellular radio access technologies. Nokia's WiMAX solution includes unique end-to-end infrastructure capabilities with radio and core network solutions along with a comprehensive services business solutions portfolio. Nokia Services include fluent processes for planning, building, optimizing, maintaining networks, integrating end-user services to the network as well as taking on greater responsibilities for service delivery through managed service operations. Nokia's mobile WiMAX solution is designed to work seamlessly with Nokia Unified Core Networks and IP Multimedia Subsystem.
Nokia is a founding and active member of the WiMAX Forum and the standardization process for the mobile WiMAX standard IEEE 802.16e-2005.
Nokia is highlighting its WiMAX strategy and solutions at WiMAX World USA 2006, Booth #21,