Espoo, Finland – September 27, 2011
Nokia Siemens Networks accelerates TD-LTE leadership
Launches ‘8 pipes’ remote radio head, inaugurates TD-LTE Smart Lab in Taiwan
Nokia Siemens Networks today launched a highly flexible approach to delivering TD-LTE with its new, ‘8 pipes’, remote radio head*. The company’s pipe concept provides more flexibility than alternative ‘path’-based approaches, allowing for the flexible allocation of sectors, carriers and transmit and receive channels by a base station. The 8 pipes TD-LTE remote radio head significantly increases coverage and capacity and offers up to four times the cost savings as compared to the existing remote radio heads. This approach strengthens Nokia Siemens Networks’ leading role in the development and commercial availability of this 4G technology.
The company also recently launched a TD-LTE Smart Lab in Taiwan. As a result, operators can test various devices, solutions and applications in a real TD-LTE network environment. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks recently announced a commercial TD-LTE network with Saudi Telecom Company (STC) in Saudi Arabia, and supports nearly half of the ongoing TD-LTE trials worldwide.
“TD-LTE can play a key role in helping operators to address explosive demand for mobile broadband even when there is limited spectrum,” said Mark Atkinson, head of TD-LTE global sales at Nokia Siemens Networks. “We are at the forefront of TD-LTE innovation with our comprehensive portfolio, evolving the radio access network (RAN) with our new, highly efficient, 8 pipes remote radio head as well as providing data devices. Our Smart Lab in Taiwan, which focuses on TD-LTE testing, demonstrates our strong commitment to TD-LTE commercialization. This commitment is also reflected in the support that Nokia Siemens Networks offers to 15 of the ongoing 32 TD-LTE trials across the globe**.”
The new 8 pipes remote radio head*** offers the ability to drive up to four sectors of TD-LTE in a ‘2 transmit 2 receive’ configuration for up to 50% lower total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to competitor radio heads. It supports 40MHz of channel bandwidth and scales up to 96 watts of transmit power. Moreover, it allows advanced beamforming to deliver exceptionally high downlink capacity. As a result, operators require fewer high capacity sites, and can enjoy unprecedented flexibility to scale their networks at lower costs, in line with the capacity demand and superior customer experience.
The new product extends Nokia Siemens Networks’ existing LTE offering, which covers all aspects of the network for both FDD LTE and TD-LTE. The company’s end-to-end TD-LTE portfolio is further complemented by a number of TD-LTE subscriber data devices**** that have been launched at PT Expo Comm in Beijing, China.
Nokia Siemens Networks has built the industry’s first 4G TD-LTE testing center in Taiwan, in collaboration with National Chiao Tung University (NCTU). The lab is also part of Nokia Siemens Networks’ TD-LTE co-operation program with China Mobile. It can be used by operators, vendors and other players in the ecosystem to test solutions, applications and devices in a real TD-LTE network environment, and experience this technology.
The company is actively involved with the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI), an industry platform that advocates and promotes TD-LTE adoption. Nokia Siemens Networks is co-hosting GTI’s workshop and TD-LTE Experience Day in Munich, Germany, from September 27-29.
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. www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com