“Nokia Siemens Networks is playing an important role in the LTE ecosystem by enabling leading device vendors to conduct early LTE interoperability testing,” said Marc Rouanne, head of Radio Access, Nokia Siemens Networks. “Our focus is on commercial LTE hardware and software to support early commercial LTE deployments worldwide. Our recent successes demonstrate our focus on LTE development and the needs of our North American customers.”
The end-to-end calls were conducted in Nokia Siemens Networks LTE center of competence in Dallas in close cooperation with research and development sites in Ulm and Oulu. Nokia Siemens Networks also recently announced having conducted the world’s first LTE call and handover using commercial base station and fully standard compliant software.
The first deployments for LTE services are foreseen for the end of 2009 with volume rollouts of commercial networks in early 2010. Nokia Siemens Networks is committed to driving the commercial uptake starting 2010 with an end-to-end solution that provides a future-proof, easy and cost efficient path to LTE via a software upgrade only. Already now, Nokia Siemens Networks has shipped LTE compatible Flexi Base Station hardware to over 100 operators, and deployed Direct Tunnel functionality, a precursor to Evolved Packet Core, in over 65 networks.