Thursday, February 28, 2013

NSN Announces LTE Wins in Germany and New Zealand

Germany’s E-Plus Group has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as a partner for its LTE rollout.  Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will expand E-Plus’ current HSPA+ capacity in the 2100 MHz band while modernizing its GSM network. NSN will supply its high-capacity Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and its Liquid Radio GSM software suite, which enables operators to free GSM spectrum for LTE. Nokia Siemens Networks will also expand the capabilities of its NetAct network management system and deliver various services such as installation and integration, network optimization and build. Financials terms were not disclosed.

Separately, Nokia Siemens Networks confirmed that Vodafone New Zealand selected it to deploy an LTE network in the 1800 MHz spectrum band across the country. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks in partnership with Vodafone New Zealand upgraded Vodafone’s 2G and 3G networks to ensure improved coverage and speed for subscribers. They also jointly completed GSM and LTE refarming so that part of the GSM spectrum can be re-used for LTE. This leads to enhanced speed and coverage, as well as a gain in capacity by up to 50 percent.

"The launch of the country’s first commercial 4G network is a major milestone for New Zealand. We’ve now joined other countries around the world which are already seeing the benefits of the increased speed and performance with 4G, and we’re delighted to lead the rollout of 4G service in New Zealand with Nokia Siemens Networks. With so much of our lives being driven now by the desire and ability to be connected to data wherever we are, this major network investment by Vodafone is really important,” Russell Stanners, CEO of Vodafone New Zealand.