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The Future In Terms of 5G Advanced & 6G As told By Nokia Bell Labs

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 21, 2022 by itnerd

Imagine a world that fuses the digital, physical and human domains to create revolutionary immersive experiences. The coming together of machines, ambient data, intelligent knowledge systems and robust computation capabilities that redefine how we live, work and take care of our planet. This is exactly what we will experience with the arrival of 6G beginning in 2030.

New wireless generations come in 10-year cycles. Nokia Bell Labs has already started 6G research ahead of its arrival in the 2030s. But what is 6G and what is involved in getting there? 6G will connect the human and digital worlds. It will enable us to make holographic calls. It will include sensing capabilities that will enable us to see around corners.

Here’s a quick explainer on 6G:

On top of that video, I would encourage you to read this primer on 6G.

Nokia Bell Labs are also in the midst of working on 5G-Advanced, which will be the springboard for 6G. 5G-Advanced is expected to drive public and private networks starting in 2025 and will require a rethink of how networks are architected, designed and deployed. It will provide robust support for critical network applications, whether via communication service providers (CSPs) or as industry-grade private wireless networks.

Here’s a primer on 5G Advanced:

Nokia Bell Labs expects 6G to launch commercially by 2030. Standardization phase 1 will likely start from 2025, leading to the first 6G specification in 3GPP Release 21 by 2028. It will be followed by commercial deployments around 2030.

Nokia & Rally Bring Broadband Connectivity To Thousands Of Multi-dwelling Unit Residents In Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags , on December 8, 2021 by itnerd

Nokia and Rally today announced the first deployment of Nokia’s Lightspan MF-2 fiber access node in North America, expanding broadband access to multi-dwelling units (MDUs) across Toronto.

In the work-from-home age, increased access to internet connectivity is crucial as the home often now triples as an office, residence, and an entertainment center. The majority of Rally’s customers live in condominiums and MDUs in the Greater Toronto Area, many clustered around the central business districts of Toronto, North York and Mississauga. Nokia’s Lightspan MF-2 platform supports both 10G and 25G PON technologies, allowing Rally to deliver high-speed connectivity to each building on its existing fiber access network. Rally is also deploying Nokia’s mesh Wi-Fi technology within its units to provide customers with reliable, secure, and future-proof services.

Rally will manage the network with the aid of Nokia’s Altiplano Access Controller which enables network automation, faster innovation and simplified operations using Software Defined Access Network (SDAN) solutions. In addition, MF-2 platform leverages Nokia’s in-house Quillion chipset technology that enables high performance, low latency, and low power consumption to support Rally’s sustainability goals.

Nokia’s technology is also certified for use in Rally’s senior care and healthcare environments, ultimately providing connectivity for all of Rally’s customers, which includes 150 hospitals across Canada in partnership with HealthHub Patient Engagement Solutions.

Based in Toronto, Rally brings people together by offering fair, reliable and affordable Internet, TV, and home phone options to Canadians. As a national network provider with 20 years’ experience in 10 provinces, Rally is rapidly expanding its integrated technologies for residential, healthcare and senior care customers which are based on the company’s independent, fibre-optic network. 

Nokia creates technology that helps the world act together. As a trusted partner for critical networks, they are committed to innovation and technology leadership across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. They create value with intellectual property and long-term research, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs. Adhering to the highest standards of integrity and security, they help build the capabilities needed for a more productive, sustainable and inclusive world.

Nokia & Bell Canada test 25G PON Fiber Broadband Technology

Posted in Commentary with tags , on November 16, 2021 by itnerd

Nokia and Bell Canada today announced the first successful test of 25G PON fiber broadband technology in North America at Bell’s Advanced Technical Lab in Montréal, Québec.  

The trial validates that current GPON and XGS-PON broadband technology and future 25G PON can work seamlessly together on the same fiber hardware, which is being deployed throughout the network today. 25G PON delivers huge symmetrical bandwidth capacity that will support new use cases such as premium enterprise service and 5G transport.

For the past decade, Bell has been rolling out fiber Internet service to homes and businesses across the country, a key component in the company’s focus on connecting Canadians in urban and rural areas alike with next-generation broadband networks. With this successful trial, Bell can be confident that its network will absorb the increased capacity of future technologies and connect Canadians for generations to come.

Bell and Nokia have closely collaborated over the years on many industry breakthroughs, such as the first Canadian trial of 5G mobile technology in 2016. Bell continues to work with Nokia to build and expand its 5G network across Canada. 

Nokia’s 25G PON solution utilizes the world’s first implementation of 25G PON technology and includes Lightspan and ISAM access nodes, 25G/10G optical cards and fiber modems.

Usually located in telecom central offices, Nokia’s high-capacity access nodes are deployed for massive scale fiber roll-outs. They connect thousands of users via optical fibre, aggregate their broadband traffic and send it deeper in the network. The fiber access nodes can support multiple fiber technologies including GPON, XGS-PON, 25G PON and Point-to-Point Ethernet to deliver a wide range of services with the best fit technology.

Nokia ONT (Optical Network Termination) devices, or fiber modems, are located at the user location. They terminate the optical fibre connection and deliver broadband services within the user premises or cell sites.

Sony And Nokia Kick Out New Phones At MWC… Why?

Posted in Commentary with tags , on February 27, 2017 by itnerd

Mobile World Congress is in full swing and I have two more releases that you might want pay attention to. If only to see if they succeed or fail. The first is from Sony and it’s called the XZ Premium according to The Verge:

The XZ Premium has the world’s first 4K HDR (2,160 x 3,840, High Dynamic Range) display in a smartphone. Sony has the latest and best Qualcomm chip while others are still offering the Snapdragon 820 and 821, but the Xperia XZ Premium won’t be out until late spring or just ahead of the summer. Hell, the demo units shown off ahead of MWC weren’t running anywhere close to final software — so Sony is pre-announcing its new flagship device by a long margin. Other notable features include water resistance, rated to IP65 and IP68, a thinner profile at 7.9mm, and MicroSD storage expandability. The phone’s battery is a reasonable 3,230mAh, and there’s a fingerprint sensor integrated into the side-mounted power button as usual.

A 4K HDR screen on a smartphone? Well, that’s either going to look spectacular, or nobody will care because other than Netflix and some sporting events in Canada, there isn’t a whole lot of 4K content to be had. Even if there was, 4K makes sense on a 50″ TV. But a smartphone? Hmmm….

The other release is from a company who is quite literally back from the dead. So is the smartphone that they’re bringing out. That company is Nokia and the smartphone is the 3310. Remember those? Nokia is clearly hoping that those of a certain age do as those phones used to be very popular. Here’s the details from Wired:

The 3310 is still very much a feature phone. It has a web browser, but only barely — it’s a dumbed-down version of Opera, basically there for emergency tweeting. It exists for you to make phone calls, send texts the way you did a decade ago (T9 FTW!), and play Snake. The 3310 weighs less than three ounces, and its battery lasts an absurd 31 days in standby time, or up to 22 hours of talk time. The new 3310 has a camera, for one thing, a 2-megapixel shooter. It also has a 2.4-inch, 240×320 screen, which is hilariously small and low-res but still a huge improvement over the original.

Okay, this is another release that will be a spectacular success or a #fail. I can’t see someone who uses an iPhone or a Samsung product buying this. But the filpside to that is that baby boomers and maybe Gen X’ers might be the target market for this. We’ll see when it ships.


Nokia Is Back With An Android Smartphone

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 9, 2017 by itnerd

Once upon a time, as in the late 90’s to the early 2000’s, Nokia was the number one phone company on planet Earth. Then they had a serious turn of bad fortune. Bottoming out by being ditched by Microsoft recently. But now they’re back. At least in China with a new phone:

To little fanfare, the Finnish technology company HMD Global (HMD) Sunday unveiled the Nokia 6, a mid-range Android smartphone for the Chinese market. HMD owns the rights to use Nokia’s brand on mobile phones. 

The Nokia 6, which runs the newest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android Nougat, sports a 5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) display. With metal on the sides and a rounded rectangular fingerprint scanner housed on the front, the Nokia 6 seems reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S7

The new Nokia smartphone is powered by a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor and will compete with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy A series models and other mid-end smartphones. The smartphone is manufactured by Foxconn.

Hmmm…. A smartphone not named the iPhone made by Foxconn. I wonder how Apple feels about that?

I digress.

This should be interesting to watch as they’re starting with the hyper competitive Chinese phone market. I imagine that if they get any sort of traction there, they’ll start to branch out. Then maybe we will see some sort of resurgence of the Nokia brand? Or maybe that’s wishful thinking?

We’ll have to watch and see.

Guess Who’s Back? Nokia Rises From The Dead

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 18, 2016 by itnerd

Well, to be completely fair, they were never dead as Nokia made lots of gear that telcos around the world use. But at one time they made more phones than anyone else. But those days are long gone. Right?

Maybe Not.

Nokia is making a return to phones and tablets. The Finnish company on Wednesday announced that it will license its brand and IP to a newly created company called HMD global. The company will produce and sell a range of Android smartphones and tablets. The company has also inked a deal with Microsoft to acquire the rights to use Nokia brand name on feature phones and also utilize some design elements. Nokia veteran Arto Nummela will assume the CEO position when the deal is closed, which is expected to happen by the end of June.

Meanwhile Microsoft announced today that it has sold the remainings of Nokia’s feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn. This was what you might say was Nokia’s original phone business until Microsoft bought it. As part of the deal, FIH Mobile paid $350 million to Microsoft. Interestingly, HMD global and FIH Mobile already have a collaborative agreement in place to support the building of a global business for Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets. Nokia says it will set mandatory brand requirements and performance-related provisions for the new devices. The deal basically sheds a part of Microsoft that the software giant couldn’t get right.

Between these two events, Nokia is back from the dead. The question is, does anyone still care?

Review: Nokia Lumia 635

Posted in Products with tags , , on August 18, 2014 by itnerd

I have had a unique opportunity presented to me this week. Both Fido and Telus sent me the Nokia Lumia 635 to review at the same time. At first I wondered what I was going to do, but my wife pointed out to me that I had ability to test not only the phones, but the networks that they run on.

This should prove interesting. Let’s start with the phone.

The Nokia Lumia 635 is a Windows 8.1 phone aimed at those who are budget minded. But that doesn’t mean that it is a cheap phone. On the contrary. It feels very solid in my hand and is also very easy to hold in my hand. There’s a removable back and you can get yellow, green, orange, white, or black shells to match your tastes. Though I will note that removing the back may break your fingernail while you remove it. The Power and Volume buttons are on the right side, headset jack on the top, and Micro USB on the bottom. Inside there is a MicroSD slot for memory expansion. The screen (4.5″, 854-by-480, 218ppi) looks a little fuzzy and it does attract fingerprints. But unlike some other phones that I’ve tested, they don’t interfere with you looking at the screen. The Lumia 635 allows you to connect to 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, but on the 2.4GHz band only. But it does have an interesting trick. It comes with Microsoft’s Wi-Fi Sense. This feature uses Devicescape’s database to find public Wi-Fi hotspots on the street and try to connect to them. It worked intermittently for me. Thus it’s a very good thing that you get LTE connectivity as part of the deal.

I mentioned earlier that the phone runs Windows 8.1 phone, and it is a simple and easy OS to use. Though there does seem to be a pause when you start apps which is something that I have not noticed with a Windows Phone before. You get the usual Nokia add ons including:

  • HERE Drive + is a navigation app that offers voice based turn by turn navigation. It works well enough, but the voice prompts will sometimes give you specific street names, or simply tell you to turn left or turn right. That can force you to look at the phone rather than focus on driving. One advantage that this app has over Apple Maps is that the maps are resident on the phone and you can have as few or as many maps as you want on the phone.
  • HERE Transit helps you to navigate from place to place using public transit. It fetches public transit schedules to give you an idea of how long your journey will take. I have no idea if this accounts for delays on the subway and the like, but it is simple to use.
  • HERE MAPS is another navigation app which takes into account walking and even shows you passenger rail options.

In terms of add ons from Telus and Fido, Telus seems to have kept the phone relatively stock. Fido on the other hand has added a My Account app to check your Fido account details. One note, the Lumia 635 comes with a very good FM radio. At the same time, it also comes with Nokia’s streaming MixRadio which is equally as good. Anything that I played sounded pretty good on the internal speaker.

The camera is the next thing on my list. The rear camera is a 5MP shooter that lacks a flash which is going to limit how useful it will be. But it does take pictures and video that aren’t bad. Here’s a picture of an Air Canada 777 landing at Pearson Airport.


Now the video which is shot at 720p:

As you can see it lacks image stabilization, but it’s pretty good.

Each of these phones gave me 12 hours of battery life which means that they’ll last you the whole day. That’s pretty good for those who need a phone that will go for as long as they do.

The only question that’s left to answer is how fast are these phones on their respective networks? That meant that I had to come up with a method for testing. Fortunately, my wife who works with cancer researchers had an idea:

  • Go to a minimum of five locations.
  • Have a mix of outdoor and indoor locations. Plus they have to be in a variety of geographical location in Toronto.
  • Ensure that both phones are getting LTE coverage.
  • Run three speed tests using the app from the Windows App Store and note the results.
  • Average the three results to get a final result for both download and upload speeds in Mbps.
  • Make sure the tester doesn’t know which phone is on which carrier.

Now I should note that this isn’t about which network is better. I am not doing a test that could say that with any sort of validity. Still, this should be interesting to see what results we get. So, let’s see what we got in terms of numbers. I took the Fido phone and put a green back on it and left the Telus phone with the black back and sent my wife out to do the test and record the results after showing her how to use the app.

Location #1: High Park near Bloor St. West and Quebec Avenue in Toronto, On

Fido Telus  
18.16 16.97 Mbps Download
7.3 13.6 Mbps Upload

This one was easy with no issues getting a LTE signal. The download numbers were close, but it is interesting that Telus got a significantly higher upload speed.

Location #2: Sherway Gardens Shopping Mall indoors in Toronto, On

Fido Telus  
5.46 26.04 Mbps Download
5.53 12.08 Mbps Upload

Now what was interesting about testing at Sherway Gardens was the fact that my wife had to work hard find a location to get an LTE signal on the Fido phone while she had no issue with the Telus phone anywhere in the mall. When she did get a signal, it wasn’t strong on the Fido phone while she reported to me that she got full bars on the Telus phone. That likely influenced the results. My guess is that Fido needs to improve the coverage in that area. As a means to validate this, I asked her to return with her iPhone 5 which is on the Rogers network to do the same test. She got similar results which didn’t surprise me since Rogers owns Fido and the networks are likely shared to some degree.

Location #3: Pearson Airport Terminal 3 departures level in Toronto, On

Fido Telus  
11.68 6.28 Mbps Download
10.66 14.32 Mbps Upload

This was another interesting result as the Telus had a faster upload speed relative to its download speed. I cannot explain this but according to my wife, it was repeatable.

Location #4: Derry Rd. and Dixie Rd. in Mississauga, On

Fido Telus  
89.23 16.96 Mbps Download
15.03 16.08 Mbps Upload

Fido pulled in a download number that is the highest number of any speed test that I’ve recorded on any phone that I’ve ever reviewed. Clearly in this area, if you have Fido, you’ll be surfing at warp speed.

Location #5: Scarborough Town Centre Indoors in Toronoto, On

Fido Telus  
47.48 23.58 Mbps Download
7.36 14.58 Mbps Upload

In this location, the Fido phone put up some really quick download speeds. But I should note that the numbers that the Telus phone got were not too shabby either. Particularly on the upload side of the fence.

Location #6: Pacific Mall Indoors in Markham On

Fido Telus  
66.29 13.24 Mbps Download
14.8 11.33 Mbps Upload

Once again, Fido put up some stunningly fast numbers on the download side of the fence and their numbers of the upload side of the fence aren’t anything to sneeze at either.

So, these results generally seem to support what PC Magazine found last year when Rogers was named the fastest for mobile network speeds. But faster doesn’t mean better. The Fido supplied Lumia 635 seemed to have problems getting a LTE signal in one of the six locations that my wife tested in. After my wife told me that, I went to the same locations and found that the Fido supplied Lumia 635 did sometimes have a weaker signal in some of these locations when compared to the Telus supplied Lumia 635 which always seemed to have full signal strength. So if you value signal strength above all else, you might opt for the Telus network.

So what’s my bottom line? Regardless of which carrier you go with, the Nokia Lumia 635 is a good phone for those on a budget that has a pretty good feature set. If you choose Fido, you can expect to pay $0 on a 2-year Tab24 agreement on a Standard plan. $200 on a monthly plan only (no Fido agreement) or with prepaid service. If you go with Telus, it’s $0 on a two year term or $200 outright. What makes you want to choose one carrier over the other depends on what is important to you. If you value speed, Fido will be your choice. However, my testing found that Telus had better signal strength. Thus if that matters to you, Telus should be your carrier of choice. Either way, you will be getting a phone that I think you’ll like.

Nokia Lumia 635 Now Available At Telus

Posted in Commentary with tags , on August 9, 2014 by itnerd

Just in time for back to school, the affordable, yet feature-packed Nokia Lumia 635 is now available at Telus.

This LTE-enabled device gives you the basics and brings the same capabilities as high-end Lumia smartphones, including Microsoft Office, Nokia Camera, MixRadio streaming, and global maps and navigation from HERE, which save time and money. With its 4.5” ClearBlack LCD screen and a Snapdragon quad core processor, the Lumia 635 offers a beautiful display to watch videos and play games with no pauses or hiccups.

The Nokia Lumia 635 is a great starter smartphone for students as they head back to the classroom. To kick-start their learning and help customers get the most out of their experience with the Nokia Lumia 635, TELUS offers free, one-on-one Telus Learning Centre sessions with a trained Learning Specialist. And let’s not forget about other valuable programs such as Telus’ Anytime Upgrades and Telus Share Plus plans to help customers get started off on the right foot with their new device.

The Nokia Lumia 635 is available at Telus online and in-store for $200 outright or $0 on a two year term. For more information on the Nokia Lumia 635 please click here.

LG G3 And Nokia Lumia 635 Now Available At Rogers

Posted in Commentary with tags , , on August 1, 2014 by itnerd

Rogers today dropped me a note to say that the LG G3 in metallic black is now available in Rogers retail locations and online at for $179.99 on select two year Share Everything plans. If you’re wondering how good this phone is, I’ll be getting one to review so watch for it!
Now if you’re looking for an even more affordable option can check out the Nokia Lumia 635, $0 on select two year Share Everything plans. The device is now available in black at Rogers retail locations and online at  The Nokia Lumia 635 is also available in Fido locations and online at for $0 on select two year plans. Both Rogers and Fido customers will receive an exclusive free interchangeable bright green shell in the box.  I’ll be requesting one of those to review as well, so watch for that to go online very soon.

Infographic: Mobile Phones: Then And Now – Nokia 1110 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5

Posted in Commentary with tags , , on May 22, 2014 by itnerd


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