November 24, 2009 – Nokia Siemens Networks and LG have recently completed the first end-to-end LTE interoperability tests in the 2100 MHz frequency band, the spectrum where first commercial deployment
November 24, 2009 – Nokia Siemens Networks and LG have recently completed the first end-to-end LTE interoperability tests in the 2100 MHz frequency band, the spectrum where first commercial deployments are expected in Japan. The successful interoperability tests are another important milestone in the commercialization of LTE.
The first of a series of end-to-end tests were completed with successful data calls, and demonstrated the interoperability of Nokia Siemens Networks LTE radio equipment and Evolved Packet Core network elements with an LTE USB Datacard from LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications.
â€œThe availability of commercial LTE terminals and their proven interoperability with network infrastructure are prerequisites for any operator launching commercial LTE services,â€ said Go-hee Choi, Vice President of LG Electronics Mobile Communication Technology Research Lab. â€œLG is taking the next giant step towards technology leadership in LTE technology through the partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks, and will continue to collaborate to drive early LTE deployments worldwide.â€
As a next step, field trials with LGâ€™s LTE terminal will begin in Nokia Siemens Networksâ€™ test network in Espoo and Ulm, followed by tests in operator networks. The trials will also be extended to cover other frequency bands such as 2600 MHz and AWS/700 in the next few months.
â€œWe are committed to bring commercial LTE to operator networks and a new, faster-than-ever broadband experience for end-users. Successfully conducted interoperability tests takes us another step closer to realizing LTE commercialization,â€ said Marc Rouanne, Head of Radio Access, Nokia Siemens Networks.
Nokia Siemens Networks is committed to driving the commercial uptake of LTE, starting in 2010, with an end-to-end solution that provides a future-proof, easy and cost efficient path to LTE via a software upgrade only.
The tests covered several steps in end-to-end network configuration based on commercial LTE hardware, including the Flexi Multiradio Base Station, the Flexi NS and Flexi NG evolved packet core products, and standards-compliant software, together with LGâ€™s LTE USB Datacard. They were conducted at the Nokia Siemens Networks LTE center of competence in Oulu, Finland, with support from the R&D team in Ulm, Germany.
About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 84,000 people working in 115 operations including 84 subsidiaries around the world. With 2008 global sales of $44.7 billion, LG comprises of five business units â€“ Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning and Business Solutions. LG is one of the worldâ€™s leading producers of flat panel TVs, audio and video products, mobile handsets, air conditioners and washing machines. LG has signed a long-term agreement to become both A Global Partner of Formula 1â„¢ and A Technology Partner of Formula 1â„¢. As part of this top-level association, LG acquires exclusive designations and marketing rights as the official consumer electronics, mobile phone and data processor of this global sporting event.
The LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a leading global mobile communications and information company. With its cutting-edge technology and innovative design capabilities, LG creates handsets that provide an optimized mobile experience to customers around the world. LG is pursuing convergence technology and mobile computing products, while continuing its leadership role in mobile communication with stylish designs and smart technology. For more information, please visit www.lge.com.
About Nokia Siemens Networks
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