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LTE pilot network to provide high speed broadband in Halle (East Germany)


Munich, Germany - Nokia Siemens Networks to deploy one of the country’s first pilot LTE* networks for Telefónica O2 Germany

* LTE pilot network in Halle (East Germany) will go into pre-commercial operation by the end of 2010
* Network will be built in 2.6 GHz and Digital Dividend (800 MHz) spectrum and will reuse existing base station sites for network upgrade
* Network deployment will start in September 2010

Telefónica O2 Germany is one of the first operators to start LTE networks in Germany. Nokia Siemens Networks will supply O2’s pilot LTE network in Halle (East Germany) and will start network deployment in September 2010 in the 2.6 GHz and 800 MHz spectrum. The network will go into operation by the end of this year; it is not planned to operate the pilot LTE network commercially in the first phase.

Nokia Siemens Networks will deploy the complete LTE overlay network comprising of Flexi Multiradio Base Stations and the Enhanced Packet Core (EPC) nodes Flexi NG and Flexi NS. The network will provide broadband capacity and coverage in Halle and its suburb Teutschenthal, an area where there is currently limited broadband access. Additionally Nokia Siemens Networks will manage and operate the network.

“We have always held that there is a strong link between broadband deployment, productivity and economic growth,” added Thomas Riedel, head of Nokia Siemens Networks’ Telefónica business in Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia. “We are at the forefront of LTE development and have recently concluded a trial on the Digital Dividend spectrum. We have already started commercial production of related network products.”

Telefónica O2 Germany has won both Digital Dividend and 2.6 GHz spectrum licenses to launch nationwide LTE services.
LTE allows high speed mobile broadband internet connection and supports faster web browsing, online gaming, social media collaboration and video conferencing. Nokia Siemens Networks leads in commercialization of next-generation mobile broadband (LTE) and has signed 16 commercial LTE deals (including 14 radio deals) to date and conducted more than 25 trials.
About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland.

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Notes to Editor:
The operator will be offering LTE services on the complementary 800 MHz or Digital Dividend spectrum and 2.6 GHz spectrum. While the Digital Dividend spectrum is ideal for providing rapid and cost- efficient mobile broadband services, 2.6 GHz will give the operator the required capacity.

The 800 MHz frequency band, popularly known as the Digital Dividend spectrum is particularly attractive for deployment in rural areas due to its greater reach, enabling operators to meet their mobile broadband access targets cost efficiently. Ahead of most other countries in Europe, Germany has just completed auctioning the spectrum to operators.

*Long Term Evolution (LTE) is the next-generation mobile broadband technology and the evolutionary step from GSM, WCDMA/HSPA/HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, CDMA and WiMAX networks. It promises the delivery of broadband and smart device services, thanks to increased data rates, reduced latency and scalable flat all-IP network architecture. Nokia Siemens Networks is the frontrunner in LTE, being the first to make an LTE call using commercial hardware and standards-compliant software in September 2009.

Nokia Siemens Networks supports LTE for both FDD and TDD frequencies, and also provides a smooth evolution path to LTE for all operators. The company’s Single RAN solution, which features the LTE-capable Flexi Multiradio Base Station is been shipping to almost all Nokia Siemens Networks’ 3G customers since September 2008. Single RAN (Radio Access Network) provides a future-proof, easy and cost-efficient path to LTE via a software upgrade.

Nokia Siemens Networks provides a complete end-to-end solution for both LTE modes – FDD (Frequency Division Duplexing or paired spectrum) and TDD (Time Division Duplexing or unpaired spectrum) – comprising its award-winning, software upgradable Flexi Multiradio Base Station and its Enhanced Packet Core (EPC) solution. EPC includes Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway) which has unique 4D scaling capabilities that help operators to prepare for mobile broadband growth in four dimensions: data throughput handling to accommodate data traffic explosion; signaling capacity to deal with smart devices; large number of data sessions for multiple data connections per subscriber; and service intelligence for operators’ revenue and resource optimization.

The company has already been selected by 16 operators for commercial LTE deployment among those are: Harbinger for the LightSquared network in US, NTT DOCOMO in Japan, Zain Bahrain, Telenor Denmark, TeliaSonera in Nordics, Mobily in Saudi Arabia, Elisa in Finland and Verizon in US. Currently Nokia Siemens Network is also running LTE trials and pilots with over 25 operators across the globe.

Nokia Siemens Networks is the frontrunner in LTE has and has a long track record in demonstrating its technological leadership in LTE:

* November 2006: Nokia Siemens Networks conducted the world’s first LTE demo with a handover to HSPA at the ITU World Congress in Hong Kong
* September 2008: Nokia Siemens Networks shipped the industry’s first LTE base station hardware to customers
* November 2008: Nokia Siemens Networks conducted the world’s first demonstration of LTE-Advanced Relaying technology
* September 2009: Nokia Siemens Networks made the world’s first LTE call using a commercial base station and fully standards-compliant Software (3GPP Rel 8 March 09 baseline)
* October 2009: Nokia Siemens Networks made the world’s first LTE handover test using a commercially available base station and fully standards-compliant software (3GPP Rel 8 March 09 baseline).
* October 2009: Nokia Siemens Networks conducts end-to-end LTE interoperability testing with four leading device vendors across several frequency bands
* November 2009: Nokia Siemens Networks is a founding member of the One Voice initiative providing a blueprint for the early deployment of IMS-based Voice over LTE service. The company’s Fast Track approach is fully compliant with One Voice
* December 2009: Nokia Siemens Networks registers another first in LTE with 3GPP standardized voice over LTE calls. Successful IMS-compliant voice calls and SMS messaging using standardized LTE equipment marks an important step towards commercial voice over LTE deployments
* January 2010: Nokia Siemens Networks and LG Electronics achieve record LTE data speeds: First data call at maximum downlink rate of 100 Mbps for a Class 3 USB wireless modem.
* March 2010: World’s first call between different VoLTE clients showcased at CTIA 2010. Nokia Siemens Networks demonstrates standards-based Voice over LTE (VoLTE) interoperability using two different clients running on Samsung LTE devices
* April 2010: Nokia Siemens Networks sets up industry’s first TD-LTE Open Lab. Provides smart phone and terminal testing facility to accelerate TD-LTE ecosystem
* April 2010: TD-LTE ecosystem reaches maturity with landmark data call. Samsung and Nokia Siemens Networks collaborate on world’s first end-to-end TD-LTE data call
* April 2010 Nokia Siemens Networks commences production of Flexi Base Stations in the 800 MHz frequency band
* June 2010: Nokia Siemens Networks drives evolution to TD-LTE. Unveils complete integration of TD-LTE into existing mobile portfolio
* June 2010: Innovator wins award for exceptional contribution to LTE
* June 2010: Nokia Siemens Networks introduces Self Organizing Networks for intelligent LTE network operation
* June 2010: Telstra and Nokia Siemens Networks’ LTE world-first trial achieves 100 Mbps at 75 km using 2.6 GHz.
* July 2010: Nokia Siemens Networks and Nokia conduct first LTE call at 800 MHz. Move industry closer to realizing the potential of Digital Dividend spectrum


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