Indosat, Nokia Siemens Networks conduct Indonesia’s first 1800 MHz LTE trial
Showcase operator’s readiness to reuse existing spectrum for future 4G deployment
Indosat, Indonesia’s leading operator, and Nokia Siemens Networks have successfully conducted the country’s first Long Term Evolution (LTE) field trial in the 1800 MHz band. The trial is based on FDD-LTE (frequency division duplex) technology and showcases Indosat’s network readiness to re-farm the existing 1800 MHz frequency band. The trial took place in Surabaya and Bali in the presence of government representatives and regulatory authorities.
During the trial, the companies showcased innovative applications such as e-doctor and e-education in the cities of Surabaya and Denpasar, which enabled a patient to remotely consult a doctor, and a lecturer to teach students, through video conferencing. In addition, 3D video streaming and CCTV camera surveillance were demonstrated.
“LTE brings a new generation of communications to Indonesia,” said Hans C. Moritz, director and chief technology officer, Indosat. “Nokia Siemens Networks was an obvious choice for the trial due to its large installed base and ability to deliver LTE in the 1800 MHz frequency band. The company’s technology leadership and excellent support services can help us re-use our existing 1800 MHz band, currently used for 2G services, for future LTE services.”
“Use of mobile broadband is growing at an unprecedented rate in Indonesia. Operators, therefore need to increase their focus on accommodating data traffic and providing faster data services,” added Harald Preiss, head of the customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks. “With LTE, operators such as Indosat will be able to offer increased throughput of up to 100 Mbps with a latency, or delay of only 10 milliseconds. More importantly, operators will be able to reduce cost per bit by up to 50%.”
Nokia Siemens Networks provided its commercial, end-to-end, LTE solution for the field trial. This included a radio network based on the Flexi Multiradio Base Station and Evolved Packed Core*, comprising Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway). It also provided its Home Subscriber Server (HSS) to manage subscriber-related information and provide user authentication and authorization. Nokia Siemens Networks also provided network installation, commissioning and integration services.
Indosat is the leading telecommunication and information operator in Indonesia which provides cellular service through Indosat’s Card for Indosat’s product Mobile, IM3 powered by Indosat and Indosat Internet, fixed telecommunication services or fixed voice services (such as International Long Distance Call 001, 008 and FlatCall 01016, fixed wireless services namely StarOne and I-Phone). Also, Indosat is a fixed data communication service operator (MIDI) through the optic network of sea cable and land cable, microwave radio, or satellite (through Palapa Satellite D and Palapa Satellite C2), and used for the customer services along with its subsidiaries namely Indosat Mega Media (IM2) and Lintasarta. Indosat also provides a 3.5 G cellular service with HSPA+ technology. Indosat’s shares have been registered at Jakarta Stock Exchange and Surabaya Stock Exchange (JSX:ISAT) and shares in a form of American Depositary Shares registered at New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:IIT).
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*Nokia Siemens Networks’ Evolved Packet Core (EPC) manages mobile broadband connectivity for subscribers’ data services to Internet, operators’ own network or corporate networks. It is the evolution of packet core for all existing 3GPP mobile networks and plays an essential role in migrating to next-generation mobile broadband using LTE.
The EPC consists of Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway) and provides unique flexibility with 4D scaling. With convincing capacity in throughput, subscriber density and signaling, operators are able to manage the data traffic explosion and millions of smart devices. Combined with unparalleled service intelligence, operators can ensure superior customer experience and manage network resource usage to maximize their revenues.
Nokia Siemens Networks is involved in more than 55 EPC trials with leading operators across all the continents.
Nokia Siemens Networks is leading the commercialization of Long Term Evolution (LTE) in terms of commercial references and live network performance. LTE is the next-generation mobile broadband technology and the evolutionary step from GSM, WCDMA/HSPA/HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, CDMA and WiMAX networks. It delivers the best broadband user experience and smart device services in an efficient way due to increased data rates, reduced latency and scalable flat all-IP network architecture. Nokia Siemens Networks has shipped its LTE ready Flexi Multiradio Base Station to over 200 operators. In addition, it was the first to make an LTE call using commercial hardware and standards-compliant software in 2009.
According to the latest information available, 31 operators worldwide have already commercially launched LTE. 16 of these 31 operators use Nokia Siemens Networks LTE networks.
Among Nokia Siemens Networks’ 44 commercial LTE deals, including 22 Evolved Packet Core (EPC) references, are Azerfon in Azerbaijan (radio); Bell Canada (radio); Deutsche Telekom in Germany (radio); Du in United Arab Emirates (radio); Elisa Finland and Elisa Estonia (radio, EPC); KDDI in Japan (radio); LG U+ in South Korea (radio); LightSquared national LTE network in USA (EPC); Mobily (Etisalat) in Saudi Arabia (TD-LTE radio, EPC); Mosaic Telecom in USA (radio, EPC); NTT DOCOMO in Japan (radio, EPC); SK Telecom in South Korea (radio); STC (Saudi Telecom Company) in Saudi Arabia (TD-LTE radio); Tele2 in Sweden (EPC); Telecom Italia (radio); Telefónica O2 in Germany (radio); Telenor Denmark (radio); Telia in Sweden; TeliaSonera in Denmark and Finland, EMT (TeliaSonera) in Estonia (radio) and LMT (TeliaSonera) in Latvia (radio, EPC); TMN Portugal (radio and EPC); Verizon Wireless in USA (IMS for LTE) and Zain Bahrain (radio, EPC).
In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks is also the market-leading supplier of HSS for LTE access management with 29 commercial deals including Vodafone, Germany, and Verizon Wireless. Verizon Wireless has the world’s largest LTE subscriber base with over 2 million live users.
An LTE performance drive test by Signals Research Group on a Swedish commercial live LTE network confirmed that the overall results achieved in the Gothenburg network (supplied by Nokia Siemens Networks) were better than those achieved in the Stockholm network (supplied by another vendor). For more information about the performance of Nokia Siemens Networks’ LTE offering, please refer to an independent report from Signals Research called ’Signals Ahead LTE Drive Test Revisited – Part 1’, which is available here or on the Nokia Siemens Networks internet page.
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