With the announcement (opens in new tab) of the new Smart Node femtocell, which supports both 4G and 5G networks in NSA or SA, and will be available in Q4 of 2021, Nokia has produced an all-in-one solution for extending 5G coverage indoors for residential and small-medium enterprise use.
And thanks to the compact and flexible nature of Nokia’s Smart Node indoor system, which can be wall, ceiling or desktop mounted, it can be deployed quickly in strategic locations where indoor 4G and 5G coverage is required, making it suitable for both consumers and enterprise customers.
“Nokia’s SmartNode femtocells are a great addition to an operators’ “toolbox” as they extend 5G services indoors for residential/SOHO settings,” said Kyung Mun, principal analyst at Mobile Experts. “Its modular design allows an operator to add 4G/5G coverage and capacity where needed. Consumers expect ubiquitous coverage and the SmartNode femtocells are a highly effective solution for completing 5G coverage in homes and small offices.”
Getting 5G indoors
To achieve 5G indoors coverage, Nokia’s Smart Node can be easily scaled from single to multiple units, which enables IT departments to meet a broad range of indoor coverage requirements. And the device’s ‘plug and play’ capabilities have been introduced to make set-up a simple process, which keeps installation costs to a minimum.
“These new additions to our femtocell range enhance our award-winning and industry-leading small cells portfolio which covers all use cases for both indoor and outdoor use,” said Giuseppe Targia, VP of the mobile networks transport business unit at Nokia. “These compact and stylish units make it easy to benefit from superior indoor coverage and capacity particularly for home or small business use.”
The Nokia Smart Node will be available towards the end of 2021, and you can find out more about the product here (opens in new tab).