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Mobile Broadband News 05/2012

Mobile Broadband market, spectrum and ecosystem


Mobile broadband market snapshot LTE networks launched: LTE network commitments: HSPA+ network commitments: HSPA+ (42Mbps) networks launched: HSPA+ networks launched: UMTS900 networks launched: 73 commercially launched networks 258 in 85 countries 241 in 89 countries 62 187 in 96 countries 40 in 29 countries

Thailand reveals 3G auction rules Thailands 3G spectrum auctions will take place later this year. The countrys National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) plans to sell off nine 5 MHz slots in the 2.1 GHz band, with a cap of 15 MHz or 20 MHz per operator. Price will be announced by the end of May. Two operators already have the go-ahead for 3G services. Tunisiana to be second 3G operator Tunisiana has won a license for the provision of fixed and 3G wireless services. The operator will be competing with Orange, which until now has been the countrys only 3G provider.

HSPA+ gaining momentum GSAs April report confirms 77 operators have commercially launched 42 Mbps DC-HSPA+ systems, almost double that of six months ago. At least 100 DC-HSPA+ networks will be in commercial service by the end of 2012. 45% of HSPA operators have now upgraded to HSPA+ to meet growing smartphone demand. LTE subscriber growth accelerating in Japan and Korea SK Telecom in Korea now has 2.4 million LTE subscribers, up 400,000 in two weeks. Also in Korea, LG U+ hit 20% LTE subscriber penetration in April, while Korea Telecom has delivered the fastest LTE subscriber uptake since launch in January. In Japan, NTT Docomo reports over 2.2 million LTE subscribers by the end of March, a doubling of numbers in the first three months of 2012.

Mobile Broadband and Nokia Siemens Networks


Nokia Siemens Networks References LTE: HSPA+ (42Mbps): HSPA+ radio: 56 38 90 3G radio: GSM radio: 206 367

Major modernization plan for T-Mobile USA T-Mobile USA is investing USD 4bn in a major 4G network evolution plan and has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks as one of its two key vendors. As part of the deal, Nokia Siemens Networks will modernize T-Mobiles GSM and HSPA+ core and radio access infrastructure in key markets to improve existing voice and data coverage. It will also deploy LTE with its Single RAN Advanced platform as part of T-Mobile USAs 4G evolution initiative in 2013. Nokia Siemens Networks will additionally deliver a range of services, including network planning and optimization, network implementation and support for the modernization and LTE deployment. Further components of the project include the Nokia Siemens Networks NetAct multi technology Network Management System, Self Organizing Networks (SON) technology and a separate, dedicated multi-vendor Performance Manager. Seven LTE deals in a month Nokia Siemens Networks has achieved an unprecedented number of LTE deals in the past month. Singapores StarHub has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as LTE infrastructure and services vendor. Nokia Siemens Networks will also modernize StarHubs GSM network, helping the operator cut network power consumption by up to 50%. Nokia Siemens Networks is now sole supplier of Tele2s LTE radio and core network for its customers in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The company will also modernize and expand Tele2s GSM and 3G networks. KPN in the Netherlands has also picked Nokia Siemens Networks for LTE radio and core. Indosat in Indonesia is another single RAN modernization and LTE introduction project, while the addition of contracts for T-Mobile USA (see above), Hrvatski Telekom and Softbank

Mobile brings the number of new LTE contracts won in the past months to seven. Top for innovation and implementation Nokia Siemens Networks has retained top spot for innovation in the LTE Base Station Vendor Matrix published by ABI, thanks to Flexi Zone and Liquid Radio, while its more than 50 LTE customers also took top spot in ABIs LTE Base Station implementation category. First 4G service for Croatia Hrvatski Telekom has launched the first commercial 4G mobile broadband service in Croatia, serving Zagreb, Rijeka, Osijek and Split. Nokia Siemens Networks has provided the radio access network and related services and is also modernizing and expanding the operators nationwide GSM and 3G networks. European operator deploys Packet Abis over TDM Packet Abis over TDM has been successfully deployed by a leading operator in Southern Europe on nearly 80 live commercial sites. Based on Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Multiradio Base Station, the operator plans to add more sites. 1.9 GHz comes to TD-LTE Nokia Siemens Networks industryleading Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station now supports 1.9 GHz TD-LTE, allowing operators to use existing 1.9 GHz allocations to provide services. Shown at CTIA, Nokia Siemens Networks also demonstrated its TD-LTE data device portfolio including a 4G mobile hotspot router and indoor wireless router, both supporting 1.9 GHz TD-LTE spectrum. See the video. Record 1 Gbps TD-LTE speed Nokia Siemens Networks has demonstrated world record TD-LTE data speeds of close to 1 Gigabits per second (Gbps) at CTIA 2012 using its commercial Flexi Multiradio 10 Base

Station. The speed record was first achieved in a Nokia Siemens Networks US lab in April 2012. See the video. Small cells portfolio extended Nokia Siemens Networks has announced a Hot Zone trial of its Flexi Zone solution in the Chicago, Illinois area to demonstrate the performance and capacity benefits that multiradio (LTE, HSPA and Wi-Fi) access point clusters bring in Hot Zone areas. The Flexi Lite Base Station range has been extended with versions offering increased power, while new 3G Femto Access Points offer seamless 3G access via the users existing broadband connection, such as DSL or cable. Ruckus Wireless Wi-Fi agreement offers cost-effective mobile broadband To strengthen its Smart WLAN Connectivity solution, Nokia Siemens Networks has entered a global reseller agreement with Ruckus Wireless to help operators integrate Wi-Fi networks to deliver cost-effective mobile broadband services. The contract will enable Nokia Siemens Networks to offer operators the complete line of Ruckus Wireless carrier-class Smart Wi-Fi systems, including indoor and outdoor access points and controllers. It will also deliver the award-winning Ruckus SmartCell Gateway 200, which seamlessly integrates Wi-Fi traffic into packet core networks through standard industry interfaces, providing a variety of offloading options. Latin American operator deploys smart WLAN connectivity A Latin American operator has deployed a Nokia Siemens Networks solution to allow it to switch traffic between mobile and WLAN networks to help it meet surging data traffic demand. Nokia Siemens Networks supplied its Smart WLAN Connectivity Solution and its integration services, allowing smart device users to access services such as Internet navigation, music and video download through WLAN networks seamlessly and securely.

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Softbank Mobile upgrades mobile broadband Softbank Mobile is upgrading its mobile broadband capability across Japan with technology and services from Nokia Siemens Networks, which will supply, deploy and integrate its 4G, FDD-LTE network. Nokia Siemens Networks will also expand the operators HSPA+ network to enable new services using the recently allocated 900 MHz band. Students design antennas of the future As part of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012, 25 Aalto University students have created active antenna designs meant to stand out as design pieces in their own right. One design allows the antenna to be customized to different cultures, cities and neighborhoods, while another team

gave the active antenna a simple shape and design that could be installed both indoors and outdoors. Read more. Find out more. Radio networks become applications aware Nokia Siemens Networks has added new capabilities to its Liquid Net portfolio including an application aware RAN. The real-time RAN capability reads data packets marked according to the relevant services, enabling the radio access network to handle them with different priorities so that even when the network is congested, customers get the service they want. Read more, includes a link to a white paper. Thailands TOT upgrades TOT, Thailands state-owned operator, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to upgrade its 3G network to HSPA+.

The upgrade will improve mobile broadband services using Nokia Siemens Networks Dual Carrier HSDPA technology, Flexi Multiradio Base Station and Multicontroller RNC. Making more of broadband spectrum Nokia Siemens Networks has introduced two innovations that allow operators to deliver mobile broadband more effectively in existing spectrum. Part of Liquid Radio, Energy Efficient Coverage (EEC) enables GSM spectrum to support up to double the amount of traffic. Alternatively, it can achieve the same GSM performance using less spectrum, freeing up more frequencies for WCDMA refarming. The second innovation is Configurable Carrier Bandwidth for WCDMA, allowing operators to allocate more GSM spectrum to WCDMA as it becomes available.

Three steps to Wi-Fi integration


Although Wi-Fi was once considered a niche technology, growing use of smartphones has seen it become part of mainstream thinking and it is now generally seen as an integral part of operator networks. The figures bear this optimism out, with the technology being used to connect 50% of mobile users to the Internet by early 2011. With Wi-Fi forming a feature of nearly every new smartphone on the market, it certainly needs to figure highly in operators network planning. Nokia Siemens Networks advocates a three-stage strategy for operators wanting to take advantage of the opportunities that Wi-Fi presents. 1. Establish a Wi-Fi presence: Operators should consider whether Wi-Fi is an option for them to extend their mobile broadband offering coverage and capacity. If deploying Wi-Fi, operators should consider rolling out dual-band access points using 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz spectrum to avoid potential congestion on the lower frequency band. Nokia Siemens Networks supports this process using advanced tools to identify where current cellular capacity is lacking and recommend the most suitable Wi-Fi sites for development to ensure that Wi-Fi deployment makes sound business sense. 2. Integrate Wi-Fi and cellular networks: Seamless connection over different access technologies is crucial for a good customer experience of mobile broadband - Wi-Fi should be just another radio access technology. Integration must ensure harmonized traffic handling for both cellular and Wi-Fi access with over-the-air (OTA) settings configuration, automatic preferred Wi-Fi network selection, transparent user authentication and an option to integrate selected Wi-Fi user traffic to the packet core. By delivering 3G-like usability and security for customers using Wi-Fi networks, operators can protect their positions and control Wi-Fi traffic and the customer experience. Nokia Siemens Networks enables this integration through its Smart WLAN Connectivity Solution. 3. Upgrade Wi-Fi access points to LTE: The third stage is to upgrade Wi-Fi access points to multi-technology Wi-Fi + 3G + LTE capability. This is a cost-effective way to build 4G capacity and coverage because the Wi-Fi sites will be located in high-density traffic areas and will already have the required power and backhaul connectivity. Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Zone access points provide the multi-technology capability, using intelligent Self-Organizing Networks (iSON) to ensure small cells interwork with the macro layer.

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