Nokia and Optus deploy Australia’s first built-in 5G antenna

Nokia today announced the use of Australia’s first Interleaved Passive Active Antenna (IPAA) in partnership with operator Optus. The IPAA has been launched in Yeerongpilly, Brisbane, which will help alleviate location-based challenges and, in turn, accelerate the rollout of 5G services across the country.

The IPAA solution developed by Nokia in collaboration with CommScope has enabled Optus – like other operators – to upgrade existing sites to 5G by simply replacing their existing antennas with a similarly sized unit that incorporates all legacy technologies as well as 5G massive MIMO active antenna.

Faster 5G deployment

“Accelerate the deployment of our 5G network by addressing spatial and structural capacity constraints.”

Lambo Kanagaratnam, Optus.

“We are committed to keeping our customers connected and staying on the forefront of 5G. By partnering with global technology leaders like Nokia, we continue to offer our customers the best global innovations. The introduction of the IPAA into our network infrastructure will help us accelerate the deployment of our 5G network by addressing spatial and structural capacity constraints, ”said Lambo Kanagaratnam, Managing Director of Networks at Optus.

Nokia’s modular IPAA supports legacy frequency bands as well as new 5G bands, simplifies and facilitates the provision of space on towers and rooftops, and accelerates the introduction of 5G networks. This is important as operators looking to roll out 5G often find space on top of existing towers and roofs for new massive MIMO active antenna systems, which is a significant deployment challenge. In addition, long delays in obtaining site upgrade approval; In combination, the potential strengthening of the supporting structures and potentially higher rental payments to landlords can significantly delay the operators, which makes this new 5G technology particularly helpful.

Ipaam unique solution

“Operators can now simply replace an existing antenna with Nokia’s IPAA solution.”

Rob Joyce, Nokia.

“We are excited to partner with Optus to bring our unique IPAA solution to the Australian market. The IPAA is an advanced technical solution to address the problems of finding space on towers and rooftops for 5G upgrades. Operators can now easily replace an existing antenna with Nokia’s IPAA solution to update the site while introducing 5G; it couldn’t be easier, ”said Rob Joyce, chief technology officer, Australia and New Zealand at Nokia.

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