Can you tell us something about Nokia Bell Labs?
‘Nokia invests in technologies important in a world where billions of devices are connected. We are focused on two businesses: network infrastructure software, hardware and services, which we offer through Nokia Networks; and advanced technology development and licensing, which we pursue through Nokia Technologies. Each of these businesses is a leader in its respective field.
Nokia Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, the Networks business operates at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.
Nokia Bell Labs is part of Nokia, which covers a wide range of aspects such as research and standardization, technology exploration and disruption, and innovation through collaboration with external partners.’
What are your biggest technological challenges at the moment?
‘One of the biggest technical challenges and opportunities lies in the IoT domain, connecting not only people’s phones, but all machines, wearables, etc. Among those ‘things’ are drones, requiring 3D connectivity. Our aim is to provide this connectivity, which requires high relaibility, through existing infrastructure, which is designed and optimised for terrestrial users with minimal changes.
What do you hope people will learn from your presentation at TUS Expo?
‘The presentation will show:’
- What level of connectivity can be delivered by current mobile networks to aerial vehicles or drones
- What challenge current networks face when they have to deliver connectivity for aerial vehicles or drones
- Potential enhancements improving the reliability of the connectivity for aerial vehicles or drones
Which presentation do you hope to give in 5 years?
‘In 5 years we can show how to provide coverage and capacity solutions for networks with a high density of drones, including drone2drone communication, drone platooning, integration with traffic control mechanism and interaction with flight traffic and higher altitude vehicles.’