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Deutsche Telekom first to deploy LTE in digital dividend spectrum

Munich, Germany – 22 October 2010

Selects Nokia Siemens Networks for commercial roll-out across Germany

  • Germany to be first for commercial roll-out of LTE in digital dividend spectrum
  • Nokia Siemens Networks selected for immediate roll-out of LTE in 800 MHz band
  • Ultra high-speed mobile broadband services initially available for rural ‘whitespots’ areas currently without any broadband access of any kind
  • Nokia Siemens Networks to deliver LTE hardware and software along with extensive services to ensure rapid, high-quality roll-out for launch during 2010
  • Nokia Siemens Networks selected as global LTE-supplier

Deutsche Telekom AG will launch Long Term Evolution (LTE) later this year in Germany, extending advanced mobile broadband services to underserved rural areas. Network roll out began following the "digital dividend" spectrum auction which ended May 20, 2010. Deutsche Telekom selected Nokia Siemens Networks as one of its suppliers for hardware, software and services required to set up and maintain the LTE radio network across Germany. In addition, the operator has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as a future LTE supplier globally.

"Deutsche Telekom has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to adopting next-generation technologies so that our subscribers can enjoy sophisticated services, " said Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, director technology Telekom Deutschland GmbH. "In a first step LTE will enable broadband access in rural areas, where fast access to the Internet has so far been unavailable. Nokia Siemens Networks has already demonstrated its technological leadership in LTE. In addition its expertise in services has convinced us: It can ensure the rapid, high quality network roll-out we want and have planned."

For its LTE services, Deutsche Telekom will use the 800 MHz ‘digital dividend’ frequency band, radio spectrum formerly used by analog TV. Thanks to its reach, this spectrum is best suited to cover rural areas with mobile broadband Internet.

"As a preferred LTE supplier we can best support Deutsche Telekom with its new LTE 800 network in Germany," said Thomas Jul, head of the global Deutsche Telekom customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks. "LTE is a super-fast mobile broadband technology that makes instant browsing and downloads possible. We have already shipped our LTE-capable Flexi Multiradio Base Station to many customers, including almost all of our 3G customers globally. We are providing a smooth and cost-efficient transition path to LTE via a software upgrade only. LTE helps operators like Deutsche Telekom address the challenge of growing data traffic and always-on connectivity, as well as delivering a superior broadband service."

The major part of the contract in Germany is dedicated to services. Nokia Siemens Networks is planning and optimizing the LTE network to deliver the quality and coverage that Deutsche Telekom requires to expand into rural areas. It is also handling the implementation and maintenance elements of the project to ensure a rapid roll-out without interruption to existing 2G and 3G services. In its first phase, the roll-out began in rural areas, so called ‘whitespots’ where no broadband access of any kind is available. Nokia Siemens Networks is supplying its Single RAN** solution with Self Organizing Network (SON) functionality based on its award-winning, energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station and network management & optimization software NetAct. In addition Nokia Siemens Networks will extend the existing subscriber data management platform for Deutsche Telekom to the LTE deployment, providing a single, unified view of all subscriber-related data.

LTE uses a flat, IP-based, network infrastructure for its ultra-fast data transmission. Special IP-security solutions and certification of base stations via Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) guarantee network security and confidentiality of transmitted customer data. Deutsche Telekom has entrusted Nokia Siemens Networks, along with its proven partners Juniper Networks and Insta DefSec, to ensure the highest possible security in its LTE network right from the start.

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland.

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Note to Editors:
* The Federal Government of Germany wishes to provide further impetus to broadband development. It has thus defined the following ambitious targets:

  1. Gaps in broadband penetration are to be eliminated and capable broadband access made available nationwide by the end of 2010.
  2. A total of 75 percent of households are to have Internet access with transmission rates of at least 50 Mbit/s by 2014. This level of high-speed broadband access is to be rolled out nationwide as quickly as possible.

Rural areas stand to gain especially from broadband and the opportunities it offers. Since broadband access is an important factor for companies and families in deciding where to locate, it is critical for safeguarding jobs and making rural areas more attractive and financially viable. However, numerous "white spot" areas without broadband still exist, many in parts of eastern Germany.

** Long Term Evolution (LTE) is the evolution of GSM, WCDMA/HSPA/HSPA+ and CDMA networks that increases data rates, reduces latency and builds on a scalable flat network design to deliver new multimedia-intensive and rich-call applications.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ Single RAN is the solution for implementing GSM, 3G and LTE technologies in one radio access network, enabling an excellent, seamless user experience. The Single RAN solution starts from multi-standard, GSM/3G/LTE capable platforms such as the software-defined Flexi Multiradio Base Station, complemented with capabilities for efficiently introducing new technology on top of existing wireless access and a holistic network management approach based on SON (Self Organizing Networks) Suite and NetAct. The Nokia Siemens Networks SON Suite is a comprehensive end-to-end offering that covers the operational scope of a centralized, distributed and localized self organizing network including radio, core and OSS networks and operations. The LTE-capable Flexi Multiradio Base Station has been shipped since September 2008 and delivered to more than 200 customers globally, providing a future-proof, easy and cost-efficient path to LTE via a software upgrade.

In September 2009, Nokia Siemens Networks made the world’s first LTE call and handover via the Flexi Multiradio Base Station, using software compliant with the 3GPP Release 8 March 09 baseline LTE standard. Since then, Nokia Siemens Networks is running LTE trials with over 25 operators across the globe and has already been selected by 17 operators for commercial LTE deployment, including the LTE pioneers TeliaSonera and Deutsche Telekom, working with Nokia Siemens Networks for the world's first commercial LTE networks in service. An independent report on TeliaSonera’s network from Signals Research Group called ‘Signals Ahead, 2x20MHz of LTE and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, Volume 6, No 11, October 7, 2010' can be found here:

In addition, the company has successfully conducted LTE interoperability tests with four leading device vendors across several frequency bands required in different regions, including AWS and 700 MHz. In November 2009, Nokia Siemens Networks and LG announced the completion of the first end-to-end LTE interoperability tests in the 2100 MHz frequency band. In another LTE first, Nokia Siemens Networks carried out the world’s first voice calls in LTE networks using commercial, 3GPP-standardized user and network equipment in December 2009. Nokia Siemens Networks and LG also announced achieving an LTE downlink data transfer rate of 100 Mbps, the maximum speed for a Class 3 LTE terminal, in January 2010.