Thursday, January 19, 2012

KT to Begin Refarming 1.8 GHz for LTE, NSN Selected

Starting this year, KT plans to meet the fast growing demand for mobile broadband and smartphone data services by re-farming its 1.8GHz band. KT has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as one of its suppliers for its LTE network.

Nokia Siemens Networks is providing its 1.8GHz LTE radio equipment including its Flexi Multiradio Base Stations. The company is also providing services including network integration and commissioning. Nokia Siemens Networks’ NetAct operations support system will enable effective monitoring, management and optimization of KT’s LTE network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

According to KT: “We are happy to partner with Nokia Siemens Networks and are confident of the company’s mobile broadband capabilities and extended support services. Nokia Siemens Networks’ enhanced focus on mobile broadband will certainly help us deliver superior customer experience with the launch of LTE services.�?

“Re-use of spectrum has become all the more vital due to its limited availability and the increasing use of smartphones and rich applications,�? said Paul Tyler, head of Asia Pacific region at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Spectrum re-farming is emerging as a viable option for operators looking to better allocate existing spectrum cost efficiently and provide next-generation LTE services that offer a better customer experience.�?