Nokia’s top manager says the company will be releasing an important 5G part soon

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While Nokia no longer manufactures smartphones and only licenses its still iconic name for use on phones manufactured by HMD, the company remains heavily involved in wireless connectivity, including 5G connectivity, behind the scenes. Today, FierceWireless reported on comments from the company’s CEO, Pekka Lundmark, during Nokia’s conference call following the publication of the first quarter 2021 results. During the call, the CEO said, “I can confirm that new radios are coming … both a new massive MIMO radio and a new baseband. “

Nokia’s 5G Massive MIMO radio will be released soon

Massive MIMO is important when it comes to 5G. MIMO itself (multiple input and multiple output) enables a tower and a telephone to send and receive multiple data signals simultaneously over the same channel. We told you that last May Apple was sued by an iPhone XR buyer because of the less advanced antenna system of this model compared to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The iPhone XR uses 2 x 2 MIMO, so the handset can connect to two different data streams at the same time. However, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have a 4 x 4 MIMO antenna system that allows the pair to process four channels of data at the same time.

Massive MIMO uses base stations equipped with arrays made up of a large number of antennas. This allows a larger number of users to connect to the network at the same time.

Not only will the new Massive MIMO radio hit the market soon, sometime this quarter, but will also have wider bandwidth than a competitor’s model and be lighter in high volume configurations, according to Nokia’s Lundmark. The CEO didn’t say which competitor he was talking about, although Ericsson and Samsung recently each talked about their new 5G Massive MIMO radios. Nokia CEO added, “This whole 5G radio competitiveness issue will be central to the overall competitiveness of our cellular network business.”

During today’s conference call, an analyst asked if Nokia had any hope of making a comeback with Verizon. The country’s largest airline awarded Samsung a $ 6.6 billion 5G contract instead of Nokia last year. The CEO said the loss of Verizon’s business “was reflected in Nokia’s quarterly results in the second half of last year and that effect will intensify towards the end of the year.”

When asked about making a comeback with Verizon, Lundmark replied that Verizon is still one of Nokia’s top three customers, adding, “We do really good business with them in other sectors and continue to work with them on the radio on IP Networks. “Nokia CEO continued,” You may have noticed that Verizon listed us as one of their radio partners on their Capital Markets Day. There are many Nokia radios on their network. At the same time, the fact is that we don’t have any announced major 5G C-band radio deals with them. “

The 5G C-band that Pekka is talking about has to do with the large amount of 5G mid-band spectrum that Verizon was licensed to in the FCC’s latest C-band auction. Big Red spent over $ 45 billion to win the bid for 3,500 licenses. AT&T spent roughly half what Verizon did on 1,600 licenses, and T-Mobile only had $ 9 billion in winning bids for just 162 licenses. This is because after the Sprint acquisition was completed, T-Mobile bought a large amount of 2.5 GHz spectrum and didn’t have to bid as aggressively as the others.

Nokia today announced that revenue in the first quarter of 2021 was up 3% year over year from $ 5.94 billion to $ 6.18 billion. The growth, small as it was, came from its network infrastructure group. Sales from the mobile unit decreased 4% on an annual basis.

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