Nokia Siemens Networks Ready for LTE in North America

CTIA Wireless 2008, Las Vegas, USA, March 31, 2008

Nokia Siemens Networks provides Long Term Evolution (LTE) for 700 MHz and 1.7/2.1 GHz spectrum bands in North America.

Nokia Siemens Networks' LTE solution for radio and core networks will enable operators to deploy WCDMA/HSPA and LTE in all major frequency bands, including the 700 MHz and 1.7/2.1 GHz bands that are of particular importance in North America. The solution is comprised of the new Flexi Multimode Base Station, Mobility Management Entity (MME) and System Architecture Evolution (SAE) Gateway. The Flexi Multimode Base Station is the newest member of the small, modular and energy-efficient Flexi Base Station family, making full use of the software defined radio concept, which simplifies the path to LTE.

As demand for mobile data increases exponentially, the rationale for evolution toward flat, all-IP network architectures will become more evident if operators are to sustain profitability. Nokia Siemens Networks is the innovation leader in flat mobile network architecture, and is the only supplier currently providing the standardized pre-LTE solution, Internet-HSPA, which is commercially available now. I-HSPA can be an initial step in implementing a flat, cost effective all-IP network that is compatible with all legacy HSPA devices and provides an evolution to LTE with just a software upgrade.

"License winners from auctions in the U.S. and Canada will be eager to deploy new networks and services as quickly as possible," said Sue Spradley, President, Nokia Siemens Networks, North America. "We are confident that Nokia Siemens Networks' LTE solution will enable service providers to deliver high-speed wireless services in the near term, while providing investment protection in the form of a cost efficient software upgrade to LTE in the future."

Nokia Siemens Networks' LTE solution is appropriate for new entrants, incumbents with existing GSM/WCDMA/HSPA and CDMA network operators, allowing them to provide Internet services via mobile broadband at speeds comparable to DSL. LTE is slated to be a true global roaming technology as an evolution option for operators with a WCDMA/HSPA network or a CDMA network.

The end-to-end LTE/SAE solution is comprised of best in class network elements and a comprehensive set of services optimized for the 700 MHz and 1.7/2.1 GHz bands. The services enable an operator to efficiently build, operate and transfer networks and to provide business and technical consulting on market entry, service innovation, service benchmarking, and spectrum clearing.

The LTE solution was launched globally in February at Mobile World Congress. Nokia Siemens Networks will demonstrate LTE at CTIA Wireless 2008. Stop by Booth 3026 for more details.

Nokia Siemens Networks delivers radio access solutions to over 300 customers in 120 countries. With the mission of optimizing the operator total value of ownership in mobile broadband, Nokia Siemens Networks is a forerunner and a solution provider for all flat, data optimized and scalable radio architectures such as Internet-HSPA, WiMAX and LTE.

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of communications services. The company provides a complete, well-balanced product portfolio of mobile and fixed network infrastructure solutions and addresses the growing demand for services with 20,000 service professionals worldwide. Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the largest telecommunications infrastructure companies with operations in 150 countries. The company is headquartered in Espoo, Finland. www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

Media Inquiries

Nokia Siemens Networks
Chantal Boeckman
Communications, North America
Phone : + 1 469 789 9594
e-mail: chantal [dot] boeckman [at] nsn [dot] com

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