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Nokia Siemens Networks enables world first live TV broadcast via TD-LTE

Beijing, China – January 28, 2013

 

China Mobile network transmits live, high-quality video of Xiamen marathon for broadcasters

For the first time in the world, TD-LTE* (time division duplex long term evolution) technology has successfully been used for a live TV broadcast. On January 5, China Mobile’s TD-LTE network transmitted a live video stream of the Xiamen International Marathon** to TV centers of China Central TV and Xiamen TV for live broadcasting. The TD-LTE network, solely built by Nokia Siemens Networks, exceeded required parameters to transmit high-definition (HD) video and images from cameras on the move, providing the best live TV experience, matching a relay via satellite. This technological feat ushers in a new era for future outside TV broadcasting using LTE.

As sole supplier of the Xiamen network, Nokia Siemens Networks’ high-quality TD-LTE network supported the entire event with a zero bit error rate. In spite of the increased demand for network capacity with exceptional traffic and load conditions, there was no degradation in network performance, no packet loss and no delay during the two and a half hour live transmission of the mega event on the move. A stable uplink throughput of 5 Mbps (megabit per second) ensured perfect video quality for the smooth TV viewing of millions of viewers worldwide.

“This world-first is yet another proof point for us as a leader in driving the TD-LTE innovation, globalization and commercialization,” said Markus Borchert, president of Nokia Siemens Networks Greater China Region. “With our advanced TD-LTE technology, we ensured optimal network performance with ultra high-quality and reliability for China Mobile to support such a mega international event with very high data traffic.”

For the TD-LTE network, Nokia Siemens Networks deployed its Single RAN Advanced platform, based on its high-capacity Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, to China Mobile’s TD-LTE pre-commercial trial network in Xiamen. The company also provided its Liquid Core-based*** Evolved Packet Core (EPC) platform, including Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway). In addition, the company provided its NetAct network management system, enabling consolidated monitoring, management and operation of China Mobile’s networks.

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.

With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 150 countries and had net sales of over 14 billion euros in 2011. http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

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Notes:
* Nokia Siemens Networks is the driving force behind TD-LTE innovation and commercialization, with many world firsts since 2009. These include five recent and unprecedented speed records such as 1.6 Gbps throughput using its commercial Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and participation in more than 16 major TD-LTE field trials around the world.

A GSA report of January 2013 lists thirteen commercial TD-LTE network launches around the world, with six of these thirteen networks being supplied by Nokia Siemens Networks.

** Since 2003, the Xiamen International Marathon has been held annually for nine consecutive years. It has been deemed as an IAAF Gold Label Road Race for five years consecutively and is famous for its coastal scenic course. The race has become a golden name card, showing its splendor to the whole world, and this year involved more than 73,800 marathon enthusiasts from more than 45 countries.

*** Part of Nokia Siemens Networks’ Liquid Net, Liquid Core decouples hardware and software and adds intelligent software applications that enable the core network to adapt and optimize to meet the fluid needs of subscribers, the services they use and the operational state of the network itself.

Through core virtualization, any core software application can run on COTS ATCA and ultimately other generic multi-purpose hardware. Costs are reduced by re-using existing hardware. In addition, it is possible to reduce floor space by up to 80% and energy costs up to 65%, with future improvements expected. Furthermore, intelligent broadband management delivers the best customer experience at the lowest cost, end-to-end across all network domains.

To date, Liquid Core has been rolled out to 70 operators. Nokia Siemens Networks has160 Open Core System customers worldwide with over 70 live core networks. And more than 280 operators serving 1.6 billion subscribers have selected the Nokia Siemens Networks MSS, which is now available on the Liquid Core Platform. Nokia Siemens Networks Open Core System won in the category of the ’Best LTE Core Network Product’ at LTE North America Awards 2011.