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February 15, 2010

Telefonica and Nokia Siemens Demonstrate Live LTE in a Real Network Environment

Telefonica, a leading communications solutions provider, and Nokia Siemens Networks are showcasing a live Long Term Evolution or “LTE” demonstration with high-speed mobile broadband applications in a real-network environment at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. According to Telefonica, LTE is the way to go as the needs of customers grow and mature.
“As a service provider, we are committed to constant innovation so we can improve our subscriber experience,” said Vicente San Miguel, chief technology officer at Telefonica, in a statement.
“With this demonstration, we want to underline Telefonica’s leadership in the future of mobile broadband, and our willingness to continue delivering to our customers new and more advanced services every day,” San Miguel added.
The demo, which comprises LTE radio and core network equipment from Nokia Siemens Networks in a real-network environment and using pre-commercial LTE terminals, shows attractive mobile broadband applications with real mobility, company officials added.
The LTE demos are based on the commercially available Flexi Multiradio base station with standard compliant LTE software from Nokia Siemens Networks covering two locations: Telefonica’s booth and the area around the exhibition center.
The Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Network Server and Flexi Network Gateway provide evolved packet core functionality in the demonstration, the company said.
Telefonica demonstrates the capability to rapidly download high-resolution videos both on its booth and in a moving van on the streets of Barcelona around the FIRA exhibition center served by a live LTE base station on an existing Telefonica site, the company said.
At the Mobile World Congress, Telefonica also enables visitors to experience the advantages of LTE by comparing download times and image quality of the same video across an existing High Speed Packet Access or “HSPA” network. Other applications on show include LTE powered video conferencing.
“This implementation will illustrate the high throughput performance and low latency of LTE as well as the commercial readiness of our LTE products,” said Marc Rouanne, head of Network Systems at Nokia Siemens Networks, in a statement. “We have a long and successful track record of collaboration with Telefonica and are one of its main partners in the deployment of mobile radio networks around the world.”
Telefonica focuses mainly on the fixed and mobile telephony businesses with broadband as the key tool for the development of both. The company recently selected Trivnet, a provider of transaction management platforms for delivering secure mobile financial services, to provide those services to Telefonica’s Movistar customers in Latin America, MobilityTechzone reported.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for MobilityTechzone. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison

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