Nokia to pro­duce 5G AirS­cale base sta­tions in Ora­gadam

It will help in meet­ing de­mand for mo­bile broad­band

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Staff Re­porter

Nokia will com­mence pro­duc­tion of 5G-ready AirS­cale multi­band ra­dio at its fa­cil­ity in Ora­gadam, near Chen­nai, to meet the grow­ing do­mes­tic and global de­mand for mo­bile broad­band, as well as sup­port the In­dian gov­ern­ment’s ‘Make in In­dia’ vi­sion. The pro­duc­tion will be­gin by end of 2017.

Es­tab­lished in 2008, the Chen­nai fa­cil­ity is Nokia’s big­gest pro­duc­tion unit, serv­ing both do­mes­tic and global mar­kets with nearly half of all ra­dio base sta­tions pro­duced ex­ported to global mar­kets.

It is one of the first few fa­cil­i­ties to adopt lat­est tech­nolo­gies such as IoT, ro­bot­ics and au­to­mated ‘In­dus­try 4.0’ so­lu­tions.

A state­ment is­sued by the com­pany quoted Monika Mau­rer, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer at Nokia, as say­ing, “Over the past nine years, our man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity at Chen­nai has played a key role in help­ing ser­vice providers roll out new tech­nolo­gies faster.”

By 2020, there will be 46 bil­lion de­vices fu­elling de­mand for mo­bile broad­band, ac­cord­ing to Nokia Bell Labs re­search, cre­at­ing an ever-greater need for the en­ergy-ef­fi­cient and highly com­pact Nokia AirS­cale multi­band base sta­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Nokia, the world’s first triple-band ra­dio, AirS­cale of­fers huge ca­pac­ity and con­nec­tiv­ity to sup­port fu­ture traf­fic growth, while re­duc­ing space re­quire­ments and the costs as­so­ci­ated with it, and at the same time en­abling faster roll­out of new ser­vices.

Pro­duc­tion will be­gin by the end of 2017.

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