BARCELONA-For Nokia Networks, this year's Mobile World Congress is all about extending connectivity everywhere. The MWC Bug Art ” border=”0″ class=”left” src=”https://assets.pcmag.com/media/images/417482-mwc-bug-art.jpg?thumb=y&width=980&height=95″/> Nokia supplies      service providers with a variety of networking hardware and software, which now includes Wi-Fi mesh support for residential devices and gateways. The expanded in-home Wi-Fi solution also gives operators a white-label online portal and mobile app to resolve user Wi-Fi issues, and extends some of its smart networking capabilities with self-learning, self-healing software -Fi networks in a home.
“This is an intelligent mesh for the whole-of-home Wi-Fi that's dedicated to bringing high-capacity Wi-Fi to every room,” said Phil Twist, Nokia's Head of Mobile Networks Marketing and Communications . “It's an adept at handling disruptions within a home.”
Twist said the solution is designed for service providers with customers who are complaining about supbar Wi-Fi in their homes-even as they roll out brand new gigabit networks. The in-home mesh provides interference detection, expanded gateway support, and algorithms that automate band and channel management for better performing in-home coverage with roaming capabilities.
The Wi-Fi Care Portal heat map of their in-home coverage to identify Wi-Fi dead zones. The app also makes it easier to manage devices and create guest networks. Planning for 5G: Nokia's Future X Network
Nokia also pulled back the curtain on its 5G plans, especially around its Future X network architecture.
Future X combines a new high-capacity 5G radio Nokia is testing with Qualcomm with its new AI-enabled ReefShark 5G chipset. This “massive-scale access” architecture merges AirScale radio access, small cells, fiber, DSL, cable, and wireless with a shared cloud data layer, “anyhaul” transport for commercial 5G networking, and more.
According to Twist, the ReefShark chip is a key component of the architecture that delivers concentrated power for radio frequency and baseband processing in high-performance 5G networks. Nokia is “pushing the limits of silicon technology,” he said, with cutting-edge 10 nanometer commercial chip architecture developed in-house.
Future X architecture and ReefShark chipsets triple the throughput of Nokia's existing radio access network (RAN), while the network's machine learning-driven automation delivers savings of up to 30 percent, according to the company. Given the push for 5G in the markets around the world, Nokia is targeting deployment by late 2018-early 2019, Twist said.
“We have products in place to support commercial 5G towards the back end of 2018. Particularly with the US market driving very hard for the early 5G deployment, I think there will be investments in networks in the second half of this year and no shortage of commercial applications next year, “said Twist. “We're pleased to see the US and other key markets like [working] very hard to make 5G a commercial reality.”
There's already a test variant of Future X up-and- running in the labs, Twist said, and the architecture will be available “for the trial networks.