Nokia has revealed that it has successfully piloted 4G and 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) network slicing with Saudi Arabian telecommunications services provider Mobily on its live commercial network.
FWA has huge potential, especially in connecting homes and businesses in remote areas to 5G networks and address long-standing broadband connectivity issues. In a December 2020 trial that aimed to reveal how FWA can help urban, suburban and rural areas boost connectivity capacity and prove the feasibility of 5G millimetre-wave (mmWave) frequencies in powering high-speed, long-distance FWA devices, Italian operator TIM, Ericsson and Qualcomm claimed to have set a world record for long-distance speed with 5G mmWave technology.
Mobily is the brand name of the Saudi Mobily Company, offering fixed-line, mobile telephony and internet services. The ongoing pilot with Nokia, taking place in Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, is designed to allow Mobily to offer new FWA services to priority consumer and enterprise customers. It is being carried out in a multi-supplier environment that includes sliced access, transport and core networks with management and assurance capabilities. It also enables slicing per application including voice, data, online gaming or home office applications.
Nokia’s 4G/5G network slicing system works in LTE, 5G non-standalone