26 Apr 2021
According to reports, plans are in place to ensure Native American communities have good networks. According to the latest report, the Finnish manufacturer Nokia. will soon do its part for these areas. The company recently released details of its plan to use private Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) wireless technology to provide 4G and 5G network connectivity. It will provide this network to several Native American communities living in American tribal territories.
The first deployment will cover over 12,000 square miles and provide broadband services to over 15,000 tribal members. Nokia partners with NewCore Wireless. This company is a provider of project management, construction and consultancy services for rural network operators. The company actually focuses on tribal operators.
According to Nokia, it will use the service to provide mobile and broadband internet services in areas where there is no connection. This means that the business will focus on these areas without any network connection. According to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) estimates, 628,000 tribal families in the United States cannot use standard broadband.
In 2020, the US government assigned 400 federally recognized indigenous tribes the spectrum of the Educational Broadband Service (EBS). Some of them can now own and operate their own mobile networks. The EBS spectrum is in the 2.5 GHz frequency band, compatible with most US mobile phones.
Nokia’s private network is being rolled out in Standing Rock Sioux, Cheyenne. It will also be deployed to Arapaho living in parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma and California (Arapaho).
Nokia needs these rural areas to increase its income
In 5G, the competition is not as intense as in the smartphone market. However, the big players still have a lot of work to do if they are to be relevant. For 5G equipment, Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia are the main leaders. However, with the US ban crippling Huawei in many markets, Nokia and Ericsson have wiggle room. Nevertheless, Huawei and Ericsson are clearly ahead of Nokia in the area of 5G.
Since the beginning of this year, the company is laying off its employees to increase its income. Nokia CEO Pekka Lundmark says Nokia will lay off up to 10,000 employees over the next two years. This will allow the company to save capital to invest in the area of 5G. We all know what this means, there is currently no job security for Nokia employees. In addition, Lundmark believes that these actions are necessary.