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Nokia Siemens Networks, SKY first with 4G in Latin America
São Paulo, Brazil – December 13, 2011
TD-LTE network and subscriber devices provide fixed wireless broadband in Brazil
SKY, the largest cable and satellite TV operator in Brazil, today launched wireless broadband services using fourth generation (4G) technology. Nokia Siemens Networks is the sole vendor for the launch, providing a complete TD-LTE (time division duplex long term evolution)* network, the first of its kind in Latin America.
SKY has initially launched fixed wireless broadband services for customers in Brasília city. The company plans to roll out services to new customers in other cities of Brazil, and other countries in Latin America, in the future. TD-LTE is a 4G mobile broadband technology. It enables SKY to deliver high data throughputs with superior reliability, allowing users to benefit from a wide range of new and innovative multimedia applications and services.
“We are proud to be the very first operator to introduce wireless broadband in Brazil by deploying a TD-LTE network,” said Luiz Eduardo Baptista, CEO, SKY. “To implement our 4G plans, we required a partner that had the strong expertise and solutions to truly assist us in taking broadband experience to a completely new level for our customers. So we selected Nokia Siemens Networks’ end-to-end TD-LTE solution for our TD-LTE network rollout.”
“We are committed to the overall LTE ecosystem and driving the adoption of 4G technology globally,” said Eduardo Araujo, head of Latin America region, Nokia Siemens Networks. “Brazil is a key market for our company. With this deal, we are delighted to have brought 4G to Brazil through our partnership with SKY, one of the region’s leading brands. Our expertise in TD-LTE and strong local service delivery helped SKY roll out the 4G services rapidly for its customers.”
Under the three-year contract, Nokia Siemens Networks has provided the TD-LTE radio network based on its award-winning, compact, energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station. The company has also provided its FlexiPacket Microwave transport platform and Evolved Packet Core (EPC), which is part of its Liquid Core architecture**. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks has provided its CPEi-lte 7212, a wireless router built for indoor use that provides fixed wireless connectivity to TD-LTE services via WiFi or Ethernet.
Nokia Siemens Networks has also provided its NetAct network management system to provide consolidated configuration, monitoring and network optimization. The company’s One-NDS subscriber database software will help SKY improve its customers’ experience. One-NDS unifies fragmented subscriber data into a single database for one or multiple network applications, creating a consolidated view of subscriber profile information. Network planning, network implementation and care services are part of the deal to ensure a smooth rollout of the network.
For more information on Nokia Siemens Networks’ mobile broadband capabilities, including a video overview, follow this link. To share your thoughts on the topic, join the discussion on Twitter using #mobilebroadband.
SKY is the largest Pay-TV operator via satellite in Brazil. SKY’s 100% digital signal is broadcasted to all our subscribers, throughout Brazil. In 2011, SKY completes 15 years of its existence and celebrates our position of expert in television, combining the best content, technological innovation and service excellence to over 12 million viewers across Brazil. Effective in 2011, SKY will also start providing 4G broadband service. Access www.sky.com.br
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
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Notes to editors:
*TD-LTE is the Time Division Duplex (TDD) spectrum variant of 3GPP LTE and allows operators around the globe to leverage current and future unpaired spectrum for 4G mobile broadband. In addition to the various ongoing TD-LTE trials worldwide, STC’s TD-LTE launch demonstrates the viability and the commercial readiness of Nokia Siemens Networks’ TD-LTE end-user devices and infrastructure.
Nokia Siemens Networks is involved in half of the TD-LTE trials that are currently ongoing around the world, including over 16 major field trials in China, Taiwan, Russia and other areas of the world.
Nokia Siemens Networks supports two LTE standards – time division duplex (TDD) for single spectrum or unpaired spectrum bands and frequency division duplex (FDD) for paired spectrum bands. Each offers similar capacity, user experience and coverage.
LTE: 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, 36 operators worldwide have already commercially launched LTE. 17 of these 36 operators use Nokia Siemens Networks LTE networks – Bell Canada; Deutsche Telekom in Germany; Elisa in Finland; LG U+ in South Korea; Mobily (Etisalat) in Saudi Arabia; NTT DOCOMO in Japan; SK Telecom in South Korea; Sky Brazil; STC (Saudi Telecom Company) in Saudi Arabia; Tele2 in Sweden; Telia in Sweden, TeliaSonera in Denmark and Finland, EMT (TeliaSonera) in Estonia, LMT (TeliaSonera) in Latvia; Telefónica O2 in Germany and Verizon Wireless in USA.
Among Nokia Siemens Networks’ 44 commercial LTE deals 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); Sky Brazil (TD-LTE radio and EPC); 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).
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.
Nokia Siemens Networks’ Single RAN including the Flexi Multiradio Base Station provides a future-proof, easy and cost-efficient path to LTE in both FDD and TDD spectrum bands via a simple software upgrade. Besides the Single RAN that supports GSM, 3G, FDD-LTE and TD-LTE, the company’s LTE telecom infrastructure offering also features the Evolved Packet Core, including Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway), transport solutions, network management system, Self Organizing Networks (SON), the award-winning Voice over LTE (VoLTE), provisioning and charging solutions and a range of professional services to plan, install, maintain and operate networks. For more information, click here.
**Part of Nokia Siemens Networks’ Liquid Core architecture, the EPC solution 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 can manage the data traffic explosion and millions of smart devices. Combined with unparalleled service intelligence, operators can ensure superior end user experience and manage network resource usage to maximize their revenues.
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 can be up to 65% lower, with future improvements expected. Furthermore, intelligent broadband management delivers the best customer experience at the lowest cost, end-to-end across all network domains.