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Flexi Zone Indoor

Pico BTS

The Flexi Zone Indoor Pico BTS provides seamless

mobility and enhanced user experience in enterprise and
public indoor locations by cost effectively improving the
coverage and capacity of the network, delivering the best
subscriber mobile broadband experience.
Flexi Zone Solution
Flexi Zone is the most cost effective and highest performing solution for adding
capacity to existing macro networks, using an underlay of coordinated small cell
Flexi Zone uses LTE (& optional Wi-Fi) to offload, add capacity, and boost
subscriber experiences in both the indoor (public/enterprise) and outdoor hot
zone environments within a heterogeneous network. The award-winning Flexi Zone
features a novel zone-based architecture comprised of multiple low power access
points coordinated by a localized zone controller that enables the operators
to offer very high user experience while offloading unwanted data traffic from
their macro & core networks. Flexi Zone solution goes beyond the box to offer a
holistic approach and innovation to solve street level and indoor capacity small cell
underlay challenges. Additional information concerning Zone Controllers can be
found in the separate Flexi Zone Controller data sheet.

Flexi Zone Micro & Pico

Enabling Future Proof
Hot Spot deployments
S/w migration to Zone
Architecture when
to Hot Zones

LTE & WiFi Pico Cluster Underlay

Ooad Low Value
Trac Before Cost

NLOS links



Macro Layer
Integration &


Highly Scalable
Capacity for
Best User XP





Simplied backhaul,
Install & Operation
paradigm Shift
Hot Zone

Flexi Zone Indoor Pico (BTS)

Ease of Deployment

As operators continue to deploy LTE networks, they are

realizing the need to provide better coverage and improve
the capacity, especially within buildings where most of the
data is consumed. The NSN Flexi Zone Indoor Pico BTS allows
mobile operators to deliver on both of these needs using a
compact and discrete fully 3GPP compliant solution. With the
deployment of LTE small cell technologies, mobile operators
are not only able to service the continuously increasing
number of mobile users, but also to provide users with
the bandwidth they need to truly utilize mobile devices to
enhance their productivity. Adoption of LTE by enterprises can
bring seamless, ubiquitous access to enterprise applications
by enhancing the connectivity and productivity of mobile
employees, reducing latency, and bringing significant
improvements in business processes and customer service.
Small cells will play a critical role in providing operators a
solution which can be easily and quickly deployed in strategic
locations to add coverage and capacity.

Flexi Zone Indoor Pico can use buildings existing and shared
Ethernet cabling for backhaul significantly slashing upfront
deployment cost compared to traditional, hybrid or CAT based
DAS systems. The Flexi Zone Indoor Pico can be powered via
a PoE based solution also reducing deployment complexity,
reducing cost of ownership and leading to faster deployments.

Macro Capacity and Full Macro parity

Hot Zone & Hot Spot Evolution

Flexi Zone Indoor Pico BTS Macro like processing power

allows the use of the same software as NSNs macro
base stations making them very easy to integrate into
Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets). Operators can enjoy
identical features available in macro cells, such as easy
software upgrade to LTE-Advanced and support by the same
NetAct Operations and Support System (OSS) & iSON. In
addition, the Flexi Zone Indoor Pico runs on the same industry
acclaimed Smart Scheduler1 and associated interference
mitigation capabilities, bringing the highest subscriber
performance in all indoor locations.

The Flexi Zone Indoor Pico BTS can be operated stand-alone

initially and then evolved via software upgrade into a full
Flexi Zone architecture as hot spots grow into hot zones or
to support larger and very large deployments. This enables
operators to scale up capacity & grow coverage virtually
without limit and with limited network impact to deliver a
superior customer experience while leveraging the small cell
installed base.

Multi Radio Access / Multi Technology (RAT)

Flexi Zone Indoor Pico BTS supports LTE and Wi-Fi access
thanks to an optional Wi-Fi module; all integrated within a
single compact form factor allowing for reduced number of
boxes and shared services (i.e., power, backhaul, etc).
Flexi Zone Indoor Pico BTS supports a single band
2Tx2RxMIMO (LTE-A capable) LTE module & an integrated
Wi-Fi access module based on carrier-grade hardware.
It incorporates dual band compact Wi-Fi 2Tx2Rx MIMO
801.11ac/b/g/n/a radios that supports centralized
authentication and policy management via a RADIUS AAA
server or a Wi-Fi controller.

1 Smart Scheduler is a unique NSN LTE scheduler that assigns blocks of frequency
spectrum to users every millisecond, according to their required quality of Service
and the demands of the application in use.

Deployment and operation of complex heterogeneous

networks requires all involved network entities to be efficiently
well configured with respect to their particular role and
location within the network, and to be context-aware. The Flexi
Zone Indoor Pico supports the fully automated Plug-andplay configuration crucial to reduce network implementation
and operational costs in heterogeneous networks.
Integrated Bluetooth functionality in the Flexi Zone Indoor
Pico BTS supports remote troubleshooting using the Nokia
Solutions and Networks (NSN) No Touch Troubleshooting
handheld application.

Design and Capabilities

The Flexi Zone Indoor Pico BTS features a compact single
enclosure, designed for Light installations, whether they are
ceiling or wall mounted. The advanced modular design enables
a faster time to market for the many variations of technology
and bands expected for indoor small cell deployments.
An integrated RF-GPS receiver provides for synchronization
when 1588v2 is not available or planned.
The Flexi Zone Indoor Pico is the industry smallest LTE
BTS offering the greatest flexibility of deployment, highest
capacity and lowest cost of ownership to the operator.

Flexi Zone Indoor Pico BTS Specifications

4G Support

1 LTE Band

Bandwidth Supported

5,10,15,20 MHz Software Selectable

Antenna Configuration

2 X 2 MIMO

Power Output

Up to 250mW per Tx branch


Up to 400 simultaneous active subscribers

Wi-Fi support

Via fully integrated optional Wi-Fi module

Volume / Mass

3L / 3 Kg

Operating Temperature

0 to 40 dec. C

Power Input

PoE++, DC input via external AC power supply adapter



1588v2 / GPS


Gigabit Ethernet


Wall / Ceiling

Product code C401-00962-DS-201402-1-EN

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