Nokia and Djezzy tackle growing mobile traffic demand

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Nokia has completed a trial with Algerian mobile operator Djezzy, to implement ultra-high network capacity technology capable of meeting growing mobile traffic demand by using microwave carrier aggregation technology.

The trial utilised Nokia’s Wavence microwave transport solution with an ultra-high capacity of 8.5Gbps over a distance of nearly 6 kilometers, with reduced latency and high capacity.

During the trial, which took place in the city of Sétif earlier this year, capacity increased from 3.5Gbps to 8.5 Gbps and covered a distance of 5.7 kilometres, demonstrating how carrier aggregation technology can be utilised to support ever-increasing demands for data.

Nokia said this will become increasingly important as Djezzy prepared to cope with traffic growth and 4G densification.

Giuseppe Targia, VP MN transport business unit, mobile networks at Nokia, said: “This trial demonstrates how carrier aggregation technology can be utilized to support the ever-increasing demands for data, particularly at a time when connectivity is so crucial. We are delighted to continue our strong partnership with Djezzy on this project and will continue to work with it hand-in-hand to deliver innovative microwave solutions that support its business targets.”

The trial marked another milestone for Nokia in reaching multi-gigabit capacity on a microwave radio link. The Nokia Wavence solution supports backhaul and fronthaul evolution with multi-gigabit capacity and low-latency transport with industry-leading levels of transmitted power.

Eric Bourland, chief digital and technology officer at Djezzy Algeria, said: “This is an important trial that delivers ultra-high capacity granting Djezzy a solid solution for mobile backhaul. We believe this fast deployment of microwave carrier aggregation will help us achieve our goal of boosting eMBB. It also allows us to improve our network capacity in order to meet the growing mobile traffic demand in Algeria.”

The news followed Nokia’s exclusive win of a 5G contract with Taiwan Mobile at the end of June.

Nokia will be the sole supplier of TMW’s 5G network, in a three-year project worth €400 million.  Nokia will provide its 5G RAN portfolio – including Nokia AirScale Radio Access products – to enable TWM to deliver “market-leading 5G experiences to subscribers with ultra-low latency, connectivity and capacity”.

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