London, UK – Fixed networks will play a key role in achieving network transformation and true convergence with mobile as the world moves relentlessly into the seamless communications era of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). That was the resounding message given to the market today by Federico Guillen, president of Nokia’s Fixed Network Business Group.
“This is especially true in the world of 5G and if we are to cope with the incredible opportunities of the IoT as we move towards digital societies of the future,” he added.
Guillen went on to debate how much bandwidth was actually needed currently and in the future, demonstrating how the wireless world was incorporating more and more fixed nodes into its networks – from hundreds in the 3G era to hundreds of thousands as 5G becomes a reality. But also in the domains of hybrid access and fixed-wireless access for remote locations, the complementarity between fixed and mobile is a no-brainer.
He also showed how FTTX solutions were bringing more bandwidth to more people sooner, via a range of technologies and said that 5G would ‘change everything.’
Guillen’s presentation comes just a week after Nokia announced it was expanding its G.fast micro-node portfolio to provide higher densities and longer loop lengths from cabinets and distribution points. The company has also introduced programmability and automation in the copper access space to accelerate G.fast deployment by 50%.
In what was a big week for Nokia, the company also extended its field-proven next-generation fiber portfolio and added South Korea Broadband (SKB) as its eighth customer to the list of customers worldwide that have commercially deployed its XGS-PON and TWDM-PON solutions.
“The Fixed Network is not only here to stay – it is going to remain at the very nerve center of what people are calling the next Industrial Revolution,” said Guillen. “I’m truly excited by this prospect and confident that we will remain at the forefront of the drive to use these technologies to ‘fix the unfixable.’”