Monday, October 1, 2012

NSN Boosts its LTE Capabilities

Nokia Siemens Networks is introducing a 6-pipe radio module for its Flexi Multiradio Base Station family to cover the APT 700 MHz Digital Dividend spectrum in the Asia Pacific region, Latin America and other parts of the world.  The company is also enabling Liquid Radio LTE load-balancing capabilities and announcing plans to support carrier aggregation for LTE-Advanced in 2013.

The new 6-pipe radio modules uses 3-sector MIMO2x2.  Japan, Australia, New Zealand, other Asia Pacific countries, and most recently Mexico, intend to adopt the APT 700 MHz spectrum as part of their mobile broadband strategy. The 6-pipe radio module for APT 700 will be available during the second half of 2013.

The Liquid Radio LTE load-balancing feature builds on experience gained from the Korean market, where Nokia Siemens Networks has launched a two-step approach for the most efficient use of multiband LTE networks. Liquid Radio LTE load-balancing helps operators to distribute traffic across various LTE carriers. The Liquid Radio LTE load-balancing feature will be available by the end of 2012.

NSN said this LTE load-balancing capability will be enhanced by LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation via a software upgrade once LTE-Advanced devices become available in 2013. The aggregated bandwidth can double the data speed improving service experience for users and increasing revenue for operators.

“We consider carrier aggregation as an essential functionality of LTE-Advanced”, said Kang, Jong-Ryeol, senior vice president and head of network R&D center, SK Telecom. “Together with Nokia Siemens Networks, we have already demonstrated carrier aggregation at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012. As one of the world’s leading LTE operators, we are looking forward to providing our customers the superior data rates delivered by the technology.”

“We are excited to see the momentum in LTE adoption worldwide. With our expanded LTE portfolio, we are committed to helping operators take full advantage of LTE to meet bandwidth demand, offer their subscribers superior data rates and generate new revenue opportunities”, said Tero Peltola, head of LTE business line, Nokia Siemens Networks.

Nokia Siemens Networks noted that it now has 66 commercial LTE deals globally.

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