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November 24, 2009

Telefonica to run LTE trial with Nokia Siemens

In about six countries in Europe and Latin America

By CBR Staff Writer

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 Telefonica will be running in about six countries in Europe and Latin America.

LTE enhances the consumer experience for mobile data applications with faster response times and throughput, reduced latency and peak rates of up to 173/58Mbps. It supports mobile broadband access for applications such as browsing, email, video-sharing, music downloads and more, Nokia Siemens said.

In addition, it also supports mobile broadband multimedia services with high data rates and is ready for handling the anticipated 100-fold traffic growth. NSN LTE offering 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 company said.

Carlos Reines, head of the corporate customer business team for Telefonica at NSN, said: “We expect this trial with Telefonica to demonstrate the potential for our LTE to deliver an entirely new broadband mobile experience. We are one of the main partners for Telefonica in the deployment of mobile radio networks around the world.

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“We have a long and successful track record of collaboration in the Czech Republic and have provided 2G and 3G technology for Telefónica CZ.”

In September 2009, NSN has completed LTE call using a commercial base station and fully standard compliant software. In October 2009, the company has conducted a LTE handover test.

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