Nokia debuts radio technology unifier for private 4, 5G networks

Nokia debuts radio technology unifier for private 4, 5G networks

Nokia launched MX Boost, a solution that merges various radio technologies for improved network performance in challenging environments and on the edge for Industry 4.0 uses.

The company describes MX Boost as an edge solution on the IP layer that applies algorithms and real-time link testing to select the strongest radio link and deliver the combined radio stream to boost throughput. It aggregates a diverse range of radio technologies and spectrums, such as Wi-Fi, 4.9G/LTE, and 5G, to meet the demand for modern and legacy assets. Its routing applications run on connected devices and with the Nokia MX Industrial Edge (MXIE) on-premises solution.

Clients of MX Boost can choose how they combine connectivity paths, with one example being using two radio technologies simultaneously, such as two 4.9G/LTE bands, for very deterministic use cases requiring very stable low latency to improve latency.

Nokia says MX Boost is designed to meet Industry 4.0 needs and use the combined radio stream to boost throughput in determinism or challenging radio conditions like ports, factories, and mines.

Analysis

Leo Gergs, Senior Analyst, ABI Research, in a prepared statement, says “While the appetite for enterprise connectivity — and private networks — is growing steadily, potential implementers are often overwhelmed by having to choose from an array of different technologies.  The key to fostering enterprise connectivity, therefore, is to offer an easily deployable solution that takes away this complex decision and lets enterprises focus on what they can do best. Nokia MX Boost presents the industry with the first instantiation of a simple technology that breaks the boundaries between Wi-Fi and 4G/LTE & 5G technologies. It means enterprises no longer need to worry about having to choose the right technology for their use cases, thanks to the ability of MX Boost to combine different connectivity technologies – including legacy Wi-Fi – into a single wireless connectivity system.”

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