NSN and Telefonica closes $743 Million deal; Launches first LTE-Advanced 150 Mbps network in Korea

| September 9, 2013 | 35 Replies



Reuters reports that NSN has closed a $743 million deal to get Telefonica infrustructure from Nokia Solutions and Networks.

Reuters says this is the second deal of it’s kind after a similar one with Telefonica back in 2011.

In other NSN news:


NSN helps leading Korean operators become world’s first to launch LTE-Advanced commercially

Simple software upgrade enables up to 150 Mbps throughput, enhances customer experience

Three major South Korean operators, SK Telecom, LG U+ and Korea Telecom, are the world’s first operators to launch LTE-Advanced commercially. Using the capabilities of Nokia Solutions and Network’s Flexi Multiradio Base Stations, the operators have implemented LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation* with a simple software upgrade. This innovative software feature enables the operators’ subscribers across the country to enjoy significantly faster data rates.

South Korea is the most advanced country in the world in terms of LTE adoption. As the number of smartphone and mobile internet users continues to grow, operators need to find innovative ways of responding to the demand for bandwidth. NSN has brought the benefits of LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation to SK Telecom, LG U+ and Korea Telecom, helping them reach up to 150 Mbps throughput by dynamically combining the resources of the two LTE frequency bands that each of the operators has. The carrier aggregation feature doubles the data rates compared to those before the upgrade.

Carrier aggregation is one of the key functionalities of LTE-Advanced and will ultimately enable aggregated bandwidths of up to 100 MHz. Wider spectrum directly translates into higher peak data rates and increased average data rates for mobile users, which allows the operators to provide more attractive services. As more spectrum and compatible end-user devices become available, carrier aggregation offers a straightforward path for gradually increasing data rates.

“Our collaboration with SK Telecom, LG U+ and Korea Telecom over the years has given us a deep understanding of one of the world’s most advanced LTE markets. Our innovative approach to carrier aggregation and expertise in delivering superior network performance have enabled the three operators to move ahead with full speed and confidence when launching their LTE-Advanced networks,” said Marc Rouanne, executive vice president, Mobile Broadband at NSN. “We are now witnessing great momentum in LTE adoption worldwide – and we are ready to help operators meet the ever increasing bandwidth demand while taking full advantage of their LTE spectrum.”

Cheers n8user for the heads up!



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