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Nokia FastMile brings last-mile fixed wireless broadband connection to the home using LTE radio technology

Nokia FastMile solution brings operators a wireless alternative to fixed broadband delivering telephony, internet, and TV to everyone in rural and suburban areas, breaking free from the limitations of fixed phone lines and standard LTE wireless solutions. Nokia FastMile is an end-to-end solution that extends LTE of unused rural higher frequency spectrum to provide coverage for LTE-based fixed wireless broadband. In other words, higher LTE frequency bands can be used to offer reach of lower bands.

Combining a specific fixed wireless radio antenna topology solution with interference mitigation techniques, along with an end user high gain, directional beamforming antenna, all installable on top of any existing LTE network, Nokia FastMile allows operators to build profitably on the existing macro installed base and idle rural spectrum offering fixed wireless broadband with guaranteed throughput to suburban, rural, and deep rural users

Adoption of this solution by end-users requires an easy to buy, install, and manage approach. FastMile is designed to increase end user adoption with fast and low cost deployment using appealing and easy to install equipment in residential locations. Combined with an integrated installation capability that covers the residential equipment, radio access network, controller, and smart phone applications to help users with the installation, FastMile is focusing on keeping operator deployment costs to a minimum.

Easy to install FastMile Home Router and Home Outdoor Modem with self tuning high gain antenna provides up to 12X typical coverage area compared to standard mobile broadband

Specific antenna topology combined with advanced interference mitigation by Nokia’s smart scheduler and enhanced with small cells delivers 2.5x throughput of comparable mobile network

Positive business cases for rural and suburban deployments with better price to performance over any other rural broadband solution

Attractive form factor and easy to install end user premises equipment improves people’s perception / experience increasing end user adoption with fast and low cost deployment

End to end approach, combined with FastMile Controller, ensures guaranteed high data rate enabling truly steady minimum guaranteed throughput

Nokia FastMile is as an end to end solution that maximizes the overall system capacity from the network side and end user perspective. Nokia FastMile provides guaranteed high bit rate throughput in larger service areas in the higher frequency bands such as the 1.8GHz to the 3.5GHz band, and allows the re-use of the existing base station grid. The key drivers of this solution that help with realizing these gains include:

  • FastMile Home Outdoor Modem - High gain directional residential outdoor beamforming antenna
  • FastMile Home Router - WiFi and Gigabyte Ethernet indoor router for broadband connectivity
  • FastMile Controller - Cloud based controller running on Nokia AirFrame that manages FastMile network to maximize signal strength and quality for giving minimum guaranteed throughput
  • Nokia LTE-A RAN - Specific macro configuration optimized for fixed wireless broadband
  • FastMile SmartPhone Applications  - Point of Sale and End User applications that ease deployment and installation of residential equipment

Nokia FastMile provides broadband connectivity to the home in areas where it’s slow or missing. It delivers the last-mile connection to residential users with LTE radio technology. The solution also addresses mobile operators’ demand to maximize underutilized spectrum assets.