Nokia and Optus deploy Australia’s first nested passive energetic antenna

Nokia has teamed up with Australian operator Optus to deploy the country’s first Interleaved Passive Active Antenna (IPAA) in Yeerongpilly, Brisbane, to accelerate the expansion of the 5G network across Australia, the Finnish telecommunications giant announced on Tuesday.

“We are excited to work with Optus to bring our unique IPAA solution to the Australian market. Operators can now simply replace an existing antenna with Nokia’s IPAA solution to update the site while introducing 5G. It couldn’t be easier, “said Rob Joyce, Nokia’s chief technology officer for Australia and New Zealand.

The advanced technical solution will help the Australian operator overcome many deployment challenges – such as freeing up space or long delays in obtaining permits for site upgrades – that can normally hinder the adoption of 5G.

Nokia’s IPAA solution, developed in collaboration with CommScope, will enable Optus and other operators to upgrade existing sites to 5G by replacing their existing antennas with a similarly sized unit that incorporates all legacy technologies as well as a massive 5G MIMO active antenna compact solution supported in one device.

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

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