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Nokia Flexi Multiradio

Antenna System

Taking base station performance

to new heights

Product overview
Active antenna technology is poised to bring a leap in base station site performance,
providing higher capacity, lower site costs and a foundation for even greater gains
in network performance. Nokia Flexi Multiradio Antenna System is turning these
promises into reality.
Nokia Networks is using its many years of experience of successful field operations
with its award-winning Flexi Multiradio Base Station platform to create an active
antenna system that delivers the next generation of base station functionality.
The development of active antenna systems is a major step forward in the evolution
of base station sites, building on years of technological advances that have reduced
radio network capital and running costs, while also providing ever greater capacity
and coverage.
Nokia Flexi Multiradio Antenna System enhances mobile network performance by
integrating the base stations radio frequency (RF) elements into the antenna. This is
achieved by using 8 x 10 W power amplifiers to feed the passive antenna elements.
Not only does this bring huge cost and performance benefits, but it also paves the
way for advanced features such as fully adjustable electrical tilt per carrier or Radio
Access Technology (RAT) and beamforming.
A similar size to conventional passive antennas, Nokia Flexi Multiradio Antenna System
offers much greater performance and brings major benefits to operators.

Very compact Flexi Multiradio Base Station Site

WCDMA 2100
New feeders

Existing antenna
replaced with
wideband antenna


New feeders

2100 WCDMA radios in active antenna

Existing 1800 GSM radio connected to

passive part of the active antenna

Existing feeders

WCDMA 2100
GSM 1800

WCDMA 2100
GSM 1800

GSM 1800

Flexi Multiradio Antenna System provides even more compact

site solution (eg. GSM 1800 site evolution to WCDMA 2100)
> New band can be introduced without visible changes
> Excellent solution for fully crowded sites
Even more compact site with Flexi Multiradio Antenna System
2100 WCDMA radios in active antenna

Existing 1800 GSM radio connected to

passive part of the active antenna

Existing feeders

GSM 1800
Active antennas will support future sites
Active antennas are the next logical step in building base station
sites. Flexi Multiradio Antenna System provides an attractive
alternative to Flexi RF Modules/RRHs, or it can be used in
combination with these traditional Flexi RF units.
It is clear that active antenna systems will bring about a stepchange in the evolution of radio networks and Nokia Networks
is leading the way with its Flexi Multiradio Antenna System.
Complementing our existing base station portfolio, the system
will evolve to provide active support of various frequency
bands, new radio systems and advanced technologies such as
user-based beamforming.

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Boosting capacity
Flexi Multiradio Antenna System increases site capacity and
coverage with advanced features like vertical beamforming,
2 x 2 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) and independent Tx
and Rx electrical tilting per frequency or RAT. Up to 160% uplink
and 70% downlink capacity gains and up to 30% coverage
enhancement with beamforming compared to standard
3-sector feederless BTS. Future active antenna developments
are expected to support multiple columns and horizontal
beamforming, to further enhance the capacity.
Higher energy efficiency and RF performance
Moving the RF function inside the antenna means that no
coaxial cabling is needed, avoiding components such as feeders
and connectors. This reduces RF power losses significantly
compared to conventional base station sites, raising overall
energy efficiency to reduce electricity costs and carbon
emissions for a much greener site.
Minimizing investments in the multiradio future
As multiple radio standards become available, existing base
station sites will need to be upgraded smoothly and quickly.
Active antenna technology helps to protect base station site
investments by providing multiradio capability to support GSM/
Ready for multi-band sites
To meet the booming demand for mobile communications,
a raft of new spectrum is becoming available worldwide.
Nokia Flexi Multiradio Antenna System combines active and
passive elements to also support traditional base stations on
additional frequency bands. This protects an operators existing
investments by eliminating the need to install additional
antenna elements when deploying new bands. Future active
antenna systems will also support multiple bands on their
active elements.

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Lower overall site costs

Combining the RF and antenna elements creates major
capital and operational cost savings. Nokia Flexi Multiradio
Antenna System is easy to install and has fewer components
by eliminating the need for Mast Head Amplifier (MHA) and
Remote Electrical Tilt (RET) equipment. The system also suffers
less wind loading than traditional passive antenna systems with
RF modules/RRHs installed next to them, all of which help to
reduce site rental costs. In addition, the system has inherent
redundancy because the failure of one or more TRXs will not
disrupt services. This reduces operational costs by enabling a
more flexible maintenance program.

Installation options:

Wall, pole, mast

Frequency bands:

All 3GPP FDD bands according to market and operator requirements

Multiradio configuration:

Supports GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA and LTE on the applicable bands


Active/passive combination in same radome

System Interface:

OBSAI RP3-01, Bit Rate 3.072 Gbit/s

Operating temperature range:

-35 to +55C

Power supply:

48 VDC (AC optional)

Total PA Output power:

80 W

Ingress protection class:

Outdoor: IP65

Dimensions (typical values):




220mm - 300mm



180mm - 260mm



1400mm - 2500mm





Product code C401-01107-DS-201410-1-EN

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