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Gartner places Nokia Networks in “Leaders” quadrant of the “Magic Quadrant for Small Cell Equipment

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Nokia Networks has been placed by reputed analyst firm Gartner in the “Leaders” quadrant of their “Magic Quadrant for Small Cell Equipment”. Gartner evaluates vendors on completeness of vision and ability to execute. This is what Gartner has to say about Nokia Networks’ standing as one of the leaders,

Nokia Networks addresses many product areas within the small cell market. Its small cell solutions incorporate its Liquid Applications concept to support value-added applications that require analytics and caching features. Nokia partners with Ruckus Wireless, and has a reseller agreement with the same vendor for Nokia’s carrier Wi-Fi solutions. Nokia has associated heterogeneous-network professional services to support small cells.

Strengths:
Nokia offers the most comprehensive product coverage of the vendors in this Magic Quadrant, with scalable solutions. Its solutions can enable neutral-hosting multioperator networks, and its Flexi Zone product suite can operate with a wide range of transport options.
The sale of its device business to Microsoft provided Nokia with cash, which it has used as the basis for sound decisions about its financial structure. It now has an opportunity to focus its business on the mobile broadband sector.
Cautions:
Nokia was relatively late to market with its small cell solution package, and only recently started to move its flagship Flexi Zone product suite out of CSP trials and into large-scale deployments.
Nokia needs to align more of its services with its product solution to improve its go-to-market capability.

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