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Deutsche Telekom, Nokia Siemens Networks give wings to e-learning


Munich, Germany

Demonstrate e-Education initiative over LTE in digital dividend spectrum

Deutsche Telekom and Nokia Siemens Networks have jointly demonstrated the extended benefits of Long Term Evolution (LTE)* in the 800 MHz spectrum as a means of reaching out to students in far-flung, rural schools. The ‘Flying Classroom’ initiative** is the brainchild of Nokia Siemens Networks’ Corporate Social Responsibility program, enabling students to take part in video calls and share education tasks remotely with teachers and partner schools.

Deutsche Telekom established an LTE connection with the G.-E.-Lessing-Gymnasium ‘European Grammar School’ in Doebeln village, and the network was fully supplied and integrated by Nokia Siemens Networks. At the Gymnasium, the vendor has equipped a ‘Flying Classroom’ with several PCs that use video conference software to engage remotely with students and teachers in partner schools. With PCs and Smartboards interlinked, students can work simultaneously on documents. LTE technology has made instant, high-quality video communication possible between the students and teachers.

“LTE offers a wide range of possible uses via ultra high-speed broadband and this ‘Flying Classroom’ shows the wonders of LTE technology in enabling a new level of e-Education,” said Guido Menzel, senior vice president, Fixed Mobile Engineering at Telekom Deutschland GmbH.

“LTE technology can offer broadband connectivity to take e-Education to the next level, helping reach the broader objectives of society,” added Hermann Rodler, managing director of Nokia Siemens Networks in Germany. “Above all, we are happy to be part of an initiative that fits so well into our corporate social responsibility programs.”

LTE technology uses a flat, IP-based network infrastructure to offer ultra-fast data transmission and makes instant browsing and downloads possible, thanks to its reduced latency.

In 2010, Nokia Siemens Networks supplied LTE hardware and software with extensive services to the operator to ensure rapid, high-quality rollout of its LTE network in Germany.
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Notes to editors
* Nokia Siemens Networks is leading the commercialization of Long Term Evolution (LTE) in terms of commercial references and live network performance according to a third party consultancy firm. LTE is the next-generation mobile broadband technology and the evolutionary step from GSM, WCDMA/HSPA/HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, CDMA and WiMAX networks. It delivers the best broadband user experience and smart device services in an efficient way due to increased data rates, reduced latency and scalable flat all-IP network architecture. Nokia Siemens Networks has shipped its LTE-ready Flexi Multiradio Base Station to over 200 operators. In addition, it was the first to make an LTE call using commercial hardware and standards-compliant software in 2009.

Nokia Siemens Networks is leading the commercialization of LTE in terms of commercial references and live network performance verified by an independent company. According to the latest information from GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association), 18 operators worldwide have already launched commercial LTE networks. Nine out of these 18 operators use Nokia Siemens Networks’ LTE networks – Deutsche Telekom in Germany; Elisa in Finland; NTT DOCOMO in Japan; Tele2 in Sweden; Telia in Sweden; TeliaSonera in Denmark and Finland; EMT (TeliaSonera) in Estonia; and Verizon Wireless in USA (SMS over LTE and Voice [Simultaneous Voice over LTE]).

Nokia Siemens Networks has commercial LTE deals with 34 operators including 28 radio/17 Evolved Packet Core (EPC)/1 IMS for LTE deals. Among the company’s 34 commercial LTE deals are Agri-Valley Communications in USA (radio, EPC); Deutsche Telekom in Germany (radio); Elisa Finland and Elisa Estonia (radio, EPC); LG U+ in South Korea (radio); LightSquared (national LTE network including 40,000 base stations) in USA (radio, EPC); Mobily (Etisalat) in Saudi Arabia (radio, EPC); Mosaic Telecom in USA (radio, EPC); NTT DOCOMO in Japan (radio, EPC); SK Telecom in South Korea (radio); Tele2 in Sweden (EPC); Telecom Italia (radio); Telefónica O2 in Germany (radio); Telenor Denmark (radio); Telia in Sweden, TeliaSonera in Denmark and Finland and EMT (TeliaSonera) in Estonia (radio); TMN Portugal (radio and EPC); Verizon Wireless in USA (IMS for LTE) and Zain Bahrain (radio, EPC).

We are conducting LTE trials with 25+ customers around the world including Aircel in India, China Mobile in China, Chunghwa in Taiwan, KPN in the Netherlands, M1 in Singapore, MegaFon in Russia, Optus in Australia, SFR in France, Telefónica O2 in the Czech Republic and Spain, Telstra in Australia, TMN in Portugal, Vodacom in South Africa and Vodafone in Italy.

An LTE performance drive test by Signals Research Group on a Swedish commercial live LTE network confirmed that the overall results achieved in the Gothenburg network (supplied by Nokia Siemens Networks) were better than those achieved in the Stockholm network (supplied by another vendor). For more information about the performance of Nokia Siemens Networks’ LTE offering, please refer to an independent report from Signals Research called ’Signals Ahead LTE Drive Test Revisited - Part 1’, which is available here or on the Nokia Siemens Networks internet page.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ Single RAN including the Flexi Multiradio Base Station provides a future-proof, easy and cost-efficient path to LTE in both FDD and TDD spectrum bands via a simple software upgrade. Besides the Single RAN that supports GSM, 3G, FDD-LTE and TD-LTE, the company’s LTE telecom infrastructure offering also features the Evolved Packet Core, including Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway), transport solutions, network management system, Self Organizing Networks (SON), the award-winning Voice over LTE (VoLTE), provisioning and charging solutions and a range of professional services to plan, install, maintain and operate networks. For more information, please click here.

** The ‘Flying Classroom’ project started with a school that teaches disabled children who need to be hospitalized for long, periodic treatments. Tele-education or remote learning where teachers sitting in the classroom can impart lessons to students at home via their laptops has enriched the school’s activities. Today, the project has extended in scope to enable high-speed internet connectivity via LTE in the 800MHz spectrum for schools in rural areas of Germany, allowing students to work on joint projects with other partner schools located outside the country.


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