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Nokia to deploy 5G small cells in South Korea

20 April 2021

Nokia will help LG Uplus to expand 5G coverage by installing new equipment from Nokia’s AirScale portfolio across South Korea.

The deal will include installing small cells to accommodate future networks and expands the collaboration between the two companies that have already worked on LTE, 5G and digital projects. This will be the first deployment of next-generation small cells in the country, Nokia claims. The AirScale indoor systems will be used in a range of indoor locations including shopping malls, office buildings and more.

The equipment will be composed of Nokia’s Digital Baseband unit and ASiR-pRRH solution and includes multi-operator and multi-band support allowing LG Uplus to provide 5G connectivity. The small cells can be deployed in locations where additional capacity is required and works for both consumer and enterprise deployments, Nokia said.

The system is a service upgrade to 5G New Radio with minimal on-site working and features a web-based manager, enabling remote configuration without the need for a separate application. Nokia said the system can be a replacement for traditional, complex and distributed antenna system (DAS) systems.

“Nokia’s AirScale system will help provide seamless 5G connectivity in indoor locations and environments,” said DaeHee Kim, senior vice president and head of network infra technology group at LG Uplus. “Its cost-effective, flexibility and compact design enables us to enhance our 5G offering.”

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