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SFR subscribers set to speed on mobile Internet highway


SFR and Nokia Siemens Networks pioneer all-IP backhaul technology for next-generation mobile network experience

Subscribers of SFR, France’s leading communications service provider, will soon enjoy real time multimedia applications, such as virtual office. Earlier this month SFR in collaboration with Nokia Siemens Networks became the first to showcase such applications in France on a live 3G network with a 14 Mbps mobile broadband connection.

SFR has selected a radio solution from Nokia Siemens Networks which will enable the migration of SFR’s mobile backhaul network to all IP (Internet Protocol), enabling the operator to increase capacity while keeping costs under control.

“SFR strives to bring leading edge innovation and most attractive services to its broadband customers. This demonstration with Nokia-Siemens Networks confirms that our mobile network is ready to offer a new suite of advanced services thanks to an all IP mobile access network which combines high performance and high quality, thus transforming the customer experience”, said Pierre-Alain Allemand, General Manager Networks of SFR. “Nokia Siemens Networks IP mobile access solutions allow us to bring more value to our customers while optimizing our operation costs.”

Nokia Siemens Networks’ integrated IP radio access solution is a part of the Flexi Base Station platform, which supports High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and can help operators easily migrate their mobile backhaul to IP using software. This solution is also compatible with SFR’s fixed broadband access technologies. Since it supports high bandwidth and low latency, it enables operators to offer a real-time multimedia experience at reduced costs.

“As mobile operators prepare their networks for a wave of new innovative broadband data services, they realize that the efficient integration of the mobile network with the internet protocol is essential for success,” said Hervé Suquet, Head of Customer Team SFR, Nokia Siemens Networks. “Native IP support across the mobile network is the ideal way of guaranteeing this integration with extreme network efficiency and superior customer experience. By offering IP capabilities integrated into our Flexi Base Stations we offer SFR an extremely straight forward and cost effective way to allow this IP migration”

Nokia Siemens Networks is the global leader in the deployment of high-speed mobile broadband networks supplying WCDMA/HSPA networks to more than 150 customers worldwide. Over half of the world’s 300 million WCDMA/HSPA subscribers are connected by Nokia Siemens Networks.

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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