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Nokia deploys Australia’s first integrated 5G antenna with Optus

Nokia deploys Australia’s first integrated 5G antenna with Optus

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Nokia has announced the deployment of Australia’s first Interleaved Passive Active Antenna (IPAA) in collaboration with Optus.

The companies have deployed the first IPAA in Yeerongpilly, Brisbane. The solution helps ease site related challenges which accelerates the introduction of 5G services across the country.

As operators look to rollout 5G, finding space on existing towers and rooftops for new massive MIMO active antenna equipment poses a significant deployment challenge for operators.

Nokia’s IPAA solution was developed in collaboration with CommScope. It will allow Optus and other operators to upgrade existing sites to 5G by simply replacing their existing antennas with a similar sized unit that supports all legacy technologies as well as 5G massive MIMO active antenna, all in a single compact solution. By utilizing this solution, Optus can overcome many deployment challenges that can typically hinder the introduction of 5G.

Rob Joyce, CTO of Australia and New Zealand at Nokia, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Optus to bring our unique IPAA solution into play in the Australian market. The IPAA is an advanced technical solution to tackle the problems of finding space on towers and rooftops for 5G upgrades. Operators can now simply replace an existing antenna with Nokia’s IPAA solution to upgrade the site and at the same time, introduce 5G.”

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