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Telefónica Spain improves mobile broadband experience


Madrid, Spain / Espoo, Finland - Leading service provider partners with Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize radio network and speed shift to next generation mobile

Telefónica Spain subscribers will soon enjoy a six-fold jump in its current mobile broadband speeds. The country’s largest service provider has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to upgrade its 3G radio network to HSPA+, in preparation for the next generation of mobile communications. The three-year project will enable Telefónica Spain to increase data download speeds from 7.2 Mbps to 42 Mbps, the maximum possible in the current generation of 3G networks.

"As subscriber demand grows, delivering a world-class mobile broadband experience requires a strong technology foundation,” says Carlos Calvo, head of Technology, Operations & Systems at Telefónica Spain. “Through this project we will significantly improve our overall network performance allowing us to continue offering the best available mobile broadband services to our customers. Moreover, as Nokia Siemens Networks solution is highly energy-efficient, this will support our commitment to environmental sustainability and lower our operational costs.”

Nokia Siemens Networks will deploy new functionalities in response to Telefónica customers’ demands for more speed, bandwidth and new services. Telefónica’s network will be outfitted with evolved High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+) to boost the bandwidth used for data connections. The modernization project also foresees the possibility of providing 3G and GSM access simultaneously using the same 900 MHz band of radio spectrum, once the regulatory authorities allow it.

“Telefónica is committed to continuous innovation, as well as improving the quality and breadth of its service offerings as a key factor to maintain its leadership,” says Pentti Tolonen, head of Telefónica Spain customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks. “With our expertise and technology, Telefónica will improve network capacity, smart device signalling capability and ensure high quality advanced wireless services both today and in the future.”

The project will use Nokia Siemens Networks’ LTE-ready Flexi Base Stations, a flexible and modular platform that brings significant energy efficiency and reduces the environmental impact of the network. The calculated yearly decrease in energy consumption, as a consequence of the network modernization, equals to 27.000 MWh, equivalent to the energy consumption of 6.750 Spanish homes*. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its NetAct network management system to efficiently monitor, manage and optimize Telefónica’s network.
About Telefónica

Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalization. Its activities are centered mainly on the fixed and mobile telephony businesses with broadband as the key tool for the development of both.
The company has a significant presence in 25 countries and a customer base that amounts more than 268 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy.
Telefónica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its share capital currently comprises 4.563.996.485 ordinary shares traded on the Spanish Stock Market (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia) and on those in London, Tokyo, New York, Lima, Buenos Aires and São Paulo.
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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