Nokia Siemens Networks accelerates TD-LTE leadership

Espoo, Finland – September 27, 2011

Launches ‘8 pipes’ remote radio head, inaugurates TD-LTE Smart Lab in Taiwan

Nokia Siemens Networks today launched a highly flexible approach to delivering TD-LTE with its new, ‘8 pipes’, remote radio head*. The company’s pipe concept provides more flexibility than alternative ‘path’-based approaches, allowing for the flexible allocation of sectors, carriers and transmit and receive channels by a base station. The 8 pipes TD-LTE remote radio head significantly increases coverage and capacity and offers up to four times the cost savings as compared to the existing remote radio heads. This approach strengthens Nokia Siemens Networks’ leading role in the development and commercial availability of this 4G technology.

The company also recently launched a TD-LTE Smart Lab in Taiwan. As a result, operators can test various devices, solutions and applications in a real TD-LTE network environment. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks recently announced a commercial TD-LTE network with Saudi Telecom Company (STC) in Saudi Arabia, and supports nearly half of the ongoing TD-LTE trials worldwide.

“TD-LTE can play a key role in helping operators to address explosive demand for mobile broadband even when there is limited spectrum,” said Mark Atkinson, head of TD-LTE global sales at Nokia Siemens Networks. “We are at the forefront of TD-LTE innovation with our comprehensive portfolio, evolving the radio access network (RAN) with our new, highly efficient, 8 pipes remote radio head as well as providing data devices. Our Smart Lab in Taiwan, which focuses on TD-LTE testing, demonstrates our strong commitment to TD-LTE commercialization. This commitment is also reflected in the support that Nokia Siemens Networks offers to 15 of the ongoing 32 TD-LTE trials across the globe**.”

The new 8 pipes remote radio head*** offers the ability to drive up to four sectors of TD-LTE in a ‘2 transmit 2 receive’ configuration for up to 50% lower total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to competitor radio heads. It supports 40MHz of channel bandwidth and scales up to 96 watts of transmit power. Moreover, it allows advanced beamforming to deliver exceptionally high downlink capacity. As a result, operators require fewer high capacity sites, and can enjoy unprecedented flexibility to scale their networks at lower costs, in line with the capacity demand and superior customer experience.

The new product extends Nokia Siemens Networks’ existing LTE offering, which covers all aspects of the network for both FDD LTE and TD-LTE. The company’s end-to-end TD-LTE portfolio is further complemented by a number of TD-LTE subscriber data devices**** that have been launched at PT Expo Comm in Beijing, China.

Nokia Siemens Networks has built the industry’s first 4G TD-LTE testing center in Taiwan, in collaboration with National Chiao Tung University (NCTU). The lab is also part of Nokia Siemens Networks’ TD-LTE co-operation program with China Mobile. It can be used by operators, vendors and other players in the ecosystem to test solutions, applications and devices in a real TD-LTE network environment, and experience this technology.

The company is actively involved with the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI), an industry platform that advocates and promotes TD-LTE adoption. Nokia Siemens Networks is co-hosting GTI’s workshop and TD-LTE Experience Day in Munich, Germany, from September 27-29.

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.

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Notes to editors:

*A remote radio head is the radio part of a base station that resides with the antenna and is distinct from the baseband unit part of the base station.

**Nokia Siemens Networks is actively supporting TD-LTE commercialization:

  • According to the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) estimates, Nokia Siemens Networks is supporting 15 out of the 32 TD-LTE ongoing trials globally.
  • Nokia Siemens Networks supports a commercial 4G network for Saudi Telecom Company (STC) using TD-LTE. For further information, read this press release.
  • CPEo-lte 7210: It is an outdoor modem for cost-effective and convenient wireless broadband access with hassle-free installation. It incorporates design features that minimize the time, effort and cost of bringing broadband and voice service to new subscriber locations.

***Nokia Siemens Networks’ approach for remote radio heads is based on pipes rather than paths or fixed configurations like 8 transmit and 8 receive. The company’s unique pipe concept provides more flexibility than the path approach of competitors as it allows for sectors, carriers and various combinations of transmit and receive, and is not limited to one or two combinations only. The unprecedented configuration of Nokia Siemens Networks’ ‘8 pipes’ remote radio head is helpful for operators’ initial launches, when they are looking for cost effective coverage combined with very high capacity as needed for software upgrades or minor hardware additions.

The 8 pipes remote radio head delivers:

  • Large coverage scalability: Supports 3 – 4 sectors in a single 8 pipes remote radio head. It can do multiple path configurations like 2x2, 4x4 and 8x8. This offers up to 50% lower TCO compared to average 4 or 8 path radio offerings, and could offer up to four times cost savings on radio heads alone.
  • High downlink capacity: First to offer up to 96 watts of transmit power with 40 MHz of channel bandwidth. It allows advanced beamforming, i.e. focusing on a particular radio connection and directing it to a specific user as well as handling of multiple technologies in one unit. Beamforming provides additional capacity exactly where it is needed, allowing up to 65% capacity gain.

****For further information on the new TD-LTE devices launched by Nokia Siemens Networks, read this press release.