Nokia to Develop New 5G Radio Solutions

The Finnish telecom equipment maker, Nokia, announced on March 16 that it has partnered with the Microsoft, Amazon web services and Google so as to develop a new cloud-based 5G radio solution. This solution will be developed with its radio access network (RNA) technology. This partnership was gone with objective of developing a new business cases, in three separate statements.

Radio access Network (RAN)

RAN is the part of a mobile telecommunication system. This system implements a radio access technology. RAN resides between a device like computer, mobile phone or any remotely controlled machine. It also provides connection with the core network. Based on the standard mobile phones and other wireless connected devices are called as user equipment, terminal equipment or mobile station etc. The functionality of RAN is typically provided by the silicon chip which resides in both the core network and the user equipment.

Example of RAN

Some of the examples of radio access network types include:

  1. GRAN which stands for GSM radio access network
  2. GERAN which is same as GRAN but it additionally includes the EDGE packet radio services
  3. UTRAN which stands for UMTS radio access network
  4. E-UTRAN which is a Long-Term Evolution (LTE) high speed and low latency radio access network.

Features of RAN

The single handset or phone can be connected to multiple radio access networks simultaneously.  The Handsets which are capable of this feature are called as the dual-mode handsets. For example, a handset can commonly support both GSM and UMTS or “3G” radio access technologies. Such devices also transfer the ongoing call across different radio access networks without any disruption to users.


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