Nokia leapfrogs to 3.9 Gbps with its industry leading 5G Carrier Aggregation solutions

14. 08. 2022 Sunday / By: Robert Denes / Industrial / Exact time: BST / Print this page

As operators worldwide are increasingly adopting 5G Standalone (SA) architecture, achieving competitive 5G SA data rates and maximizing site coverage is crucial. In contrast to 5G in Non-Standalone (NSA) mode, 5G SA cannot resort to 4G-5G dual connectivity for boosting enhanced mobile broadband data rates. To achieve highest possible data throughputs with their available spectrum, many operators are prioritizing their 5G network evolution based on 5G Carrier Aggregation.

Carrier Aggregation (CA) means combining or aggregating several carriers within or across available frequency bands – referred to as component carriers - for achieving higher data rates. Each additional component carrier increases the available bandwidth and, therefore, improves throughput. In the case of carrier aggregating Frequency-Division Duplex (FDD) and Time-Division Duplex (TDD) spectrum together, this also enables a value-adding solution that “stretches” the site coverage area that can offer those higher data rates. In this way, operators can enhance user experience in existing use cases and unlock new, more demanding use cases for their consumers and enterprise customers.

To highlight the power of Carrier Aggregation with 5G Standalone, Nokia has now combined 4 component carriers (4CC-CA) on sub-6 GHz spectrum, with the result of exceeding user data rates of 3.9 Gbps!

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