Nokia unveils new ReefShark 5G chipset, promises up to 84 Gbps per cell

Peter, 29 January 2018

Nokia has partnered with 30 carriers to build out the next-gen mobile network with its latest ReefShark chipset. To be clear, this is part of the carrier architecture, not what goes in the phone. But it’s quite something and should deliver a much-improved experience to us all at a lower cost to the carriers.

The major advancements are a 3x increase of the throughput of each cell. And this is achieved with MIMO antennas that are half the size and 64% more power efficient than the current hardware.

The new ReeffShark chipset is delivered as a plug-in unit that attaches to current Nokia AirScale baseband modules (which are a software upgrade away from full 5G functionality). Once that is done, one cell can push out 84 Gbps of mobile data and multiple cells can be chained for a total of 6 Tbps – necessary for the densest areas of the largest cities.

The setup fully supports network slicing – what allows virtual network operators to share hardware. The new ReefSharks will ship out in volume in the third quarter of this year.

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  • Carol

Well, that does not mean everybody has it. In the same time, Europe having a very well designed network infrastructure i do not see the use of unlimited mobile data. But anyway, it is nice to see that, you guyy their have a solution to the infrastruc...

  • AnonD-734395

Well, there are countries with no bandwidth restriction on mobile data. Im from india and i use at 60GB on my Jio 4G with speeds at 40Mbps-60Mbps and 120GB - 200GB on my BSNL 3G with speeds 8Mbps -12Mbps, every month. My BSNL is on an unlimited plan ...

  • Anonymous

Amazing and efficient. Which is wonderful. Things need to be mite efficient and resourceful like this

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