Nokia Siemens Networks helps expand T-Mobile’s faster 4G network

Irving, Texas, USA – 14 July 2011

  • T-Mobile’s 4G now twice as fast in more than 150 markets, available to more than 170 million Americans
  • Americans Delivers potential peak speeds of 42 Mbps

Nokia Siemens Networks has upgraded portions of T-Mobile USA’s 4G (HSPA+*) network, the country’s most widely deployed 4G network. T-Mobile customers now have access to lightning-fast mobile broadband at potential speeds of up to 42 megabits per second (Mbps) in 152 markets covering 170 million people. The two companies showcased the 42 Mbps HSPA+ at CTIA Wireless 2011 in March.

“T-Mobile’s 4G network is now faster than ever before and continues to deliver a faster, more reliable broadband experience in more places than any other carrier,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “Nokia Siemens Networks’ Single RAN has helped us to enhance our existing network through a software upgrade with minimal impact to the existing network hardware.”

“By offering faster data speeds and low latency, we’ve helped T-Mobile deliver an exceptional 4G experience across a broad lineup of devices in the market,” said Andrew Chavez, head of the customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Our Single RAN platform is already prepared for Long Term HSPA Evolution, providing operators a smooth evolution path to handle increased network traffic while controlling equipment costs.”

T-Mobile and Nokia Siemens Networks have been working together for more than a year to drive the standardization of Long Term HSPA Evolution – the evolution of HSPA in 3GPP beyond Release 10**. The new technology allows operators to extend the current capabilities of their mobile broadband networks and realize the full potential of HSPA technology.

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Notes to editors:

* HSPA+ is a natural evolution of HSPA comprising a set of HSPA enhancements defined in 3GPP beyond Release 6 (R6). It enhances the mobile broadband experience by offering significantly increased data rates, increased capacity and more efficiency including voice evolution.

The high-speed HSPA+ 42 Mbps delivered in the T-Mobile USA network is made using a more efficient 64QAM modulation rate and two 5 MHz ‘carriers’ simultaneously for one data connection, based on a technically advanced Dual Cell HSDPA solution. The Dual Cell HSDPA solution runs on the existing Flexi Multiradio Base Station with a simple software upgrade with minimal impact on existing network hardware.

Operators can enjoy improved bandwidth and capacity with HSPA+ using Nokia Siemens Networks’ solution comprising its software definable Flexi Multiradio Base Station that supports 42 Mbps calls while at the same time enabling further HSPA+ evolution to much higher speeds via a simple software upgrade.

The company has already demonstrated the world’s fastest HSPA data rates exceeding 200 Mbps at CTIA Wireless 2011. Nokia Siemens Networks is the industry leader in WCDMA/HSPA networks, supplying 3G radio access to 204 global operator networks – more customers than any other vendor.

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