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Telefónica to run LTE trial with NSN in Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is to witness an LTE trial, associated with a series of trials that Telefonica is to carry out in both Europe and Latin America. The aim for customers is mobile data with faster response times and rates of up to 58 Mb/s...

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has been selected to participate in a Long Term Evolution (LTE) trial in the Czech Republic, as part of LTE trials that Telefónica will be running in about half a dozen countries in Europe and Latin America. During the six-month trial, NSN will demonstrate its end-to-end LTE solution that allows operators to offer a completely new mobile experience to their customers.

 “We expect this trial with Telefónica to demonstrate the potential for our LTE to deliver an entirely new broadband mobile experience,” said Carlos Reines, Head of the Corporate Customer Business Team for Telefónica at NSN. “We are one of the main partners for Telefónica in the deployment of mobile radio networks around the world...We have a long and successful track record of collaboration in the Czech Republic and have provided 2G and 3G technology for Telefónica CZ.”

LTE greatly improves the consumer experience for mobile data applications with faster response times and throughput, much reduced latency and peak rates of up to 173/58 Mb/s (downlink/uplink). LTE also supports mobile broadband access for applications such as browsing, email, video-sharing, music downloads and many more. Such services can be provided either by the operator or accessed from third parties via the Internet.

A new flat network architecture, which is scalable and cost-effective, supports mobile broadband multimedia services with extremely high data rates and is ready for handling the anticipated 100-fold traffic growth.

NSN’s LTE end-to-end solution is based on the Evolved Packet Core and the Flexi Base Station, which is already being deployed and will require only a software upgrade from 2G/3G to LTE.

The two companies have also been focusing on LTE development. In November 2008, Telefónica and Nokia Siemens Networks pioneered the development of LTE technology by performing the first live LTE call to an Telefónica WCDMA mobile device, while in September 2009 NSN completed the world’s first LTE call using a commercial base station and fully standard compliant software. The following month, Nokia Siemens Networks conducted the world’s first LTE handover test.

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