Nokia, together with leading multiple service providers, is set to deploy its cutting-edge Interleaved Passive Active Antenna (IPAA+) solutions in an effort to accelerate 5G deployment and expand coverage across Oceania. This groundbreaking technology enables telcos to provide the benefits of 5G to even more local customers and enterprises. Notably, Optus in Australia has already started rolling out an 8T8R variant of Nokia’s IPAA, while TPG Telecom and One NZ plan to commence deployments later this year.
The challenges encountered by service providers in finding additional space for 5G antennas on existing towers and roofs have hindered rapid deployment. Nokia's IPAA+ is a game changer because of its modular design, which supports a wide range of frequencies from 700 MHz to 2.6 GHz, including the key 3.5 GHz 5G band. This compact antenna design enables faster and more efficient 5G deployment.
Rob Joyce, chief technology officer at Nokia Oceania, expressed excitement over the trust placed by several service providers in Nokia's state-of-the-art products, saying, "Our latest solutions are designed in accordance with feedback from our customers. These products address a major pain point of our customers by allowing a single integrated 5G antenna to cover all sub-6 GHz 5G frequency bands."
Nokia developed these newest versions of IPAA+ in collaboration with CommScope to meet the specific needs of the Oceania region. One of the primary features of Nokia's IPAA+ technology is its ability to properly handle various frequency bands. Nokia has also created an Optus-specific variation with a 2.3 GHz 8T8R array, making it easier to deploy both 2300 and 3500 TDD bands within the same antenna footprint.