SK Broadband Offers Fastest Data Speed On Nokia Technology

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Nokia Monday said South Korea’s telecom player SK Broadband has been able to offer world’s fastest broadband speed based on the telecom gear maker’s technology. Nokia’ NG-PON technology coupled with SK Broadband’s network offered 52.5 Gbps speed and the service has been offered to a set of apartment buildings in Seoul.

To achieve this Nokia’s universal next generation PON architecture combined different technologies on a single fiber, thus maximizing the use of SK Broadband’s fiber investment, it said in a statement.

With Nokia, they are now taking their fiber network to the next level. Reusing the existing fiber network and access platform, on which they already have deployed Gigabit Passive Optical Network technology (GPON) at 2.5 Gbps, they can now boost speeds up to 52.5Gbps.

To do so, SK Broadband is using multi-dwelling units (MDUs) from HFR and Nokia’s universal next generation PON solution, making it possible to aggregate different technologies on the existing fiber.

Nokia combined TWDM-PON with 40Gbps symmetrical with XGS-PON with 10Gbps symmetrical and GPON with 2.5Gbps to achive the total 52.5 Gbps speed,

In addition to boosting speeds, universal next generation PON also brings the benefit of cost-efficient upgrades and operational efficiencies thanks to the wavelength mobility.

In 2006, SK Broadband was the first to commercialize 2.5Gbps GPON technology. In 2014, they introduced the world’s first 10 Gbps Internet service jointly with the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, and the National Information Society Agency using 10Gbps E-PON technology.

South Korea is known as the world’s most connected country offering the world’s top upload and download speeds, and it has set clear strategic goals to have Gigabit broadband available to all citizens by 2020.

“As a new era looms that demands Gigabit Internet, Ultra High Definition video and Virtual and Augmented Reality services, SK Broadband will establish a network infrastructure that provides the best customer value. Following the world’s first commercialization of an ADSL service and the two-pair LAN cable 500M service, we will establish a top-class optical Internet platform to create the best Gigabit broadband service environment for our customers,” said Yoo Ji-chang, Head of SK Broadband’s Network Division.

With this latest generation of fiber access technologies, SK Broadband aims to take its commitment yet one step further to offer speeds of 10 Gbps to all its customers. This will boost the country’s highly competitive business environment as well as the innovations in broadband services delivered to the market.

“All eyes in the world are focused on South Korea as it moves ahead with rolling out ever-faster broadband networks. Nokia’s innovation edge and our portfolio of next generation fiber technologies help customers like SK Broadband realize the true Gigabit societies of the future,” said Federico Guillen, president of Nokia’s Fixed Networks Group.

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Nokia Unveils Ultra-Compact 4G Network


Nokia-Unveils-Ultra-Compact-4G-NetworkNokia has unveiled a light and ultra-compact 4G network based on a small cell that will allow secure mobile broadband connectivity in minutes for mission- and business-critical services.

The network can provide voice, video and data services in emergency situations, remote locations and events and act as a hotspot for public safety organizations, industries and operators.

Having pioneered the development of low-footprint networking technology with its Network in a Box last year, Nokia has taken the concept of creating rapidly deployable networks further with its Ultra Compact Network.

Based on small cells technology, it provides secure indoor and outdoor 4G coverage wherever it is deployed with a range of 75 km for up to 400 users. In remote, underserved areas it can provide capacity and coverage, and can utilize cable, satellite or microwave technologies for backhaul to extend an operator’s existing macro network.

The Ultra Compact Network will allow first response units to utilize voice and video as well as other data-based services in emergency situations when mobile networks have been compromised. Where there is no road access it can be carried in a backpack or elevated via a drone or weather balloon, providing vital connectivity for search and rescue missions or to help control disasters such as forest fires or floods over wide areas.

When deployed at remote industrial sites, such as mines, petrochemical plants and oil rigs, the Ultra Compact Network can provide business-critical communications, while mobile operators can use the technology to rapidly bridge network coverage gaps or provide temporary additional coverage and capacity in high-traffic locations and events such as outdoor music festivals.

Mansoor Hanif, director of RAN at EE said, “EE had the opportunity to trial Nokia’s latest innovation, the Ultra Compact Network, in indoor and outdoor environments in May 2016. We were very impressed with the capabilities of this lightweight, easily deployable small cell system. It is an ideal solution for disaster recovery and to deliver temporary coverage both for public and private sector customers.”

Thorsten Robrecht, head, Advanced Mobile Networks Solutions, Nokia said, “The Ultra Compact Network is an exciting addition to Nokia’s end-to-end portfolio of technologies for mission- and business-critical communications. The need for rapidly deployable 4G solutions is closely linked to the explosion of video and data usage in public safety scenarios.”

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Nokia Showcases Smart City, 5G And IoT At India Innovation Day


Nokia-Showcases-Smart-City,-5G-And-IoT-At-India-Innovation-DayNokia showcased smart city, 5G and IoT solutions at India Innovation Day 2016 demonstrating the new Nokia as an end-to-end player spanning fixed, mobile, IP and optical technologies.

Nokia demonstrated how it is making IoT a reality for smart cities, smart homes and public safety. The demos showcased how to manage the connectivity of myriad people and things, and how to eliminate “slow and complex” from creating IoT applications – and how it can be done in a secure manner.

In 5G, Nokia showcased solutions that underscores its 5G leadership. Nokia has been innovating for 5G that will set the pace and the standards for 5G technology.

Demos At Nokia Innovation Day 2016
Nokia AirScale Wi-Fi: Nokia has created cloud-based, carrier-grade Wi-Fi that combines gigabit wireless performance. With the launch of Nokia AirScale Wi-Fi, mobile operators can seamlessly integrate Wi-Fi with their existing networks to improve the customer experience and generate new revenue streams.

Nokia AirScale Radio Access: Nokia’s next generation AirScale Radio Access will radically alter the way networks are built. Operators will be able to use Nokia AirScale Radio Access to profitably satisfy future demands including IoT, virtual reality, augmented reality, factories of the future and other advanced scenarios such as video that demand extreme performance.

Nuage Networks: In the Nuage Networks by Nokia VNS solution, software-defined network (SDN) infrastructure spans in a consistent fashion across datacenters in private and public clouds and extends to remote locations anywhere.

Smart Home: This demo showed how network providers (telcos, cable MSOs, community broadband providers) can leverage the residential gateway already present in each home (be it a fiber ONT or DSL modem) to expand their services offer into the smart/connected Home – and ward of over-the-top competition.

Smart City: Showcased few use cases of IoT on smart parking, smart metering and smart lighting.

IoT use cases: Demonstration details how service providers can take advantage of new technologies to enable new IoT business models. The market trial concepts demonstrated are: connected service vehicle, smart bus shelter and smart university campus.

Under networks for cloud era, Nokia demonstrated how networks can benefit from virtualization and automation with less hardware and how all this impacts efficiency, quality, innovation and business opportunities. Through its converged offering for mobile, fixed, IP and optical networks, Nokia is blending connectivity together and providing a new grid for the programmable world.

Jacques Vermeulen, director Smart Cities, Customer Operations, Nokia said, “Through IoT and smart city concepts, we can automate our lives by connecting mobile devices to appliances, lights, roadways and just about everything – a shift that will improve efficiency and enable economic, social and environmental sustainability. Nokia provides specific connectivity solutions, platforms and software, combining automation and intelligence, making IoT a reality for smart cities, smart homes and public safety.

Milivoj Vela, technology vision lead for MEA/India said, “5G will be about people and things requiring massive broadband that delivers gigabytes of bandwidth on demand; critical machine-type communication that allows for the immediate, synchronous feedback that enables remote control over robots; and massive machine-type communication that connects billions of sensors and machines.”

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Three Ireland Signs Five-Year Contract With Nokia

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Three-Ireland-Signs-Five-Year-Contract-With-NokiaThree Ireland has signed a five-year managed services contract with Nokia to manage all of Three Ireland’s multi-technology, multi-vendor radio access network operations.

The agreement will help in upgrading operations of its newly expanded radio access network by working with a single managed service supplier. Nokia will offer a simplified management structure across all equipment, from different vendors, using its innovative network management tools, processes and expertise.

Nokia will also leverage the leading network management expertise of its Global Delivery Center in Lisbon, Portugal. From this central location, Nokia will provide real-time remote support to manage the new consolidated radio network, enabling additional network technologies to be implemented quickly to deliver the highest quality of service for Three Ireland’s customers. In addition, Nokia will provide local in-country management to ensure that the customer communication is seamless.

This agreement extends the company’s existing network management contract. Nokia will also extend its NetAct operations support system to intelligently capture and process relevant network insights, providing full visibility and advanced network management across the expanded network.

David Hennessy, chief technology officer, Three Ireland said, “We are committed to delivering the best possible service for our customers. By moving to one managed services supplier across our radio access network, we will have a more transparent structure, simplifying operations and enhancing network performance.”

John Ward, customer business team head, Hutchison UK and Ireland at Nokia said, “With this deal we show our strength in multi-vendor managed services and our ability to swiftly implement the centralized managed services infrastructure that many operators want to achieve. By choosing Nokia’s service, Three Ireland can ensure that its customers receive the highest network availability and best quality service.”

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Telefonica Chile Deploys World’s Largest Indoor Small Cell Deployment


Telefonica-Chile-Deploys-World's-Largest-Indoor-Small-Cell-DeploymentTelefonica Chile has completed the world’s largest indoor deployment of small cells to meet data demands of mobile device users at the Costanera shopping center in Santiago, Chile.

Implementation of Nokia Flexi Zone small cell network allows Telefonica Chile to boost high-capacity, high-speed 3G and 4G coverage to meet data demand in Latin America’s largest shopping center serving 110,000 visitors every day. Nokia small cells technology provides cost-efficient alternative to traditional systems for indoor coverage with ability to scale as subscriber demand evolves.

With shopping and food outlets on six floors across 168,000 square meter of retail floor space and multiple parking levels, the Costanera center in Santiago presents a challenge for operators to provide high-quality mobile coverage to thousands of visitors, particularly deep within the building, as the thick reinforced concrete structure can hinder radio signals from the operator’s macro network.

To ensure Telefonica Chile meets the connectivity expectations of its subscribers visiting the Costanera center, Nokia replaced and upgraded the existing distributed antenna system (DAS) with a high-capacity, high-coverage Flexi Zone small cells network.

Nokia’s Flexi Zone small cells technology provides a cost-effective alternative to DAS, offering faster data speeds and supporting a higher number of subscribers. Ease of deployment and the ability to upgrade 3G small cells to 4G LTE will allow Telefonica Chile to efficiently scale capacity as customer demand continues to evolve.

Nokia’s Flexi Zone small cells – using the high-capacity Flexi Zone indoor Pico BTS to simultaneously meet demands of up to 4,400 active 3G and 4G LTE users per shopping floor and the Flexi Zone Micro BTS serving lower demand in the car park areas.

Gustavo Marambio, network director, Telefonica Chile said, “Telefonica is committed to ensuring our customers receive the highest quality of service. We are constantly looking for innovative technologies to provide the best connectivity to our users.”

Dimitri Diliani, head of Latin America Market at Nokia said, “This project is a great example of how operators can benefit from using the Nokia Flexi Zone small cell family to meet the demands of mobile device users in a high-traffic indoor environment. The size of our small cells means they are unobtrusive in locations such as this while delivering huge capacity.”

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Telenor India Modernizes 10,000 Network Sites


Telenor-India-Modernizes-10,000-Network-SitesTelenor India has announced modernization of 10,000 network sites in all its six operating circles.

This is part of the network modernization programme that Telenor India had embarked upon in 2015 to swap its entire 25,000 sites with equipment to deliver high speed internet and enhanced voice experience to its customers in the circle.

This is the fastest upgrade on a live network in the telecom industry with nearly 50 sites being swapped in a day. The company aims to complete the swap of its remaining sites by Q1 of 2017.

“The network modernization programme shows our commitment to offer enhanced network quality experience and enrich the lives of our customers with affordable and relevant services. In a spectrum constrained and highly competitive business environment, the efficiencies we derive from the new network will help us maintain a cost efficient operation and be future ready to manage the increasing demand from our customers for data services,” said Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor (India) Communications.

The modernized sites have deployed Lean GSM solution that improves the network capacity by nearly 25 percent using the same spectrum resources and provides superior voice and data experience.

“This is a step towards becoming a preferred partner in the digital journey of our mass market customers. We are becoming future ready and this project will enable us to launch relevant services on any technology by ensuring that we make life full paisa vasool for our customers,” said Tanveer Mohammad, chief operating officer, Telenor India.

At the sites which have been migrated to new technology, Telenor has seen an increase in voice and data traffic. The network congestion has reduced and data throughput has increased resulting in improved network experience for its customers. In addition, the new equipment is environment friendly as it consumes up to 30 percent less power.

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Hutchison 3 Indonesia Signs Nokia For Mobile Core Expansion

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Hutchison-3-Indonesia-Signs-Nokia-For-Mobile-Core-ExpansionHutchison 3 Indonesia (H3I) has signed an agreement with Nokia to expand H3I’s core network to meet increasing mobile data demands in the Indonesian market.

With a growing economy and ever more affordable connectivity, Indonesia – the fourth most populous country in the world is experiencing rapid smartphone and 3G data service adoption. As a result, H3I is seeing data traffic double approximately every nine months.

Nokia will supply H3I with packet core technology in some of important cities in Indonesia, such as Surabaya, Semarang, Solo and Yogyakarta, which are considered the most densely populated cities in the country.

Nokia technology will help H3I utilise its network resources better to deliver a differentiated service experience, while laying the foundation for network evolution to allow it to meet future customer data demands.

Randeep Singh Sekhon, president director, Hutchison 3 Indonesia said, “We are pleased to have Nokia’s services and technology expertise at our side as we evolve our core network to meet the speed and quality needs of a growing number of connected consumers and business users in Indonesia.”

Robert Cattanach, head of Indonesia, Nokia said, “The deployment of our mobile core technology in this very important region will provide Hutchison 3 Indonesia with the network flexibility it needs to meet an increasingly diverse mix of traffic today and in the future as subscriber demands evolve.”

Hutchison 3 Indonesia (H3I) is a rapidly growing telecommunications service provider operating under the national 2G/GSM 1800 MHz and the 3G/WCDMA licenses in Indonesia. H3I provides quality, innovative mobile data, and affordable voice and SMS services under the “3” brand, and moves with nationwide 3.5G network expansion to provide world-class internet experience in Indonesia.

H3I is a member of CK Hutchison Holdings Group which comprises mobile telecommunications operations in the market of Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Macau, Sweden and the UK.

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VIVA Bahrain Deploy Region’s First 9-Sector Solution


VIVA-Bahrain-Deploy-Region's-First-9-Sector-SolutionVIVA Bahrain has successfully implemented Huawei’s 9-sector solution using the triple-beam antenna technology.

This innovative solution, delivers approximately 2.7 times the performance of a regular mobile tower and capacity to absorb traffic demand, offering higher quality telecommunications services whilst enhancing VIVA’s customers connectivity at events or locations were data demand is extremely high.

VIVA’s first successful deployment of Huawei’s 9-sector solution was done during the ‘2016 F1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix’ race, where VIVA subscribers enjoyed flawless connectivity to the Kingdom’s fastest and widest mobile network. This was the first stage of a full roll out planned of this technology in different locations across Bahrain where installation of new tower sites has limitations.

Huawei’s innovative 9-sector solution, using the industry-leading triple-beam antenna technology, improves the network’s capacity to 2.2~2.7 times of the original 3-sector site and capability of absorbing traffic, achieves excellent KPI performance, and creates more economic benefits for operators.

“Jointly with Huawei, we have achieved a technological breakthrough. We always look for new ways to further enhance our customers’ experience and meet their demands for high data volume,” said Ulaiyan Al Wetaid, chief executive officer, VIVA Bahrain.

“Delivering the Kingdom’s fastest 4G LTE network lays at the heart of VIVA and this time we have achieved so by implementing an innovative solution that also provides an environmentally responsible alternative by significantly reducing the need to build new tower sites in Bahrain,” added Wetaid.

“Both companies worked closely to ensure the successful deployment of Huwei’s 9-sector solution, making VIVA the first operator in the region to use it for commercial purposes. Crowd management and sustaining network performance at these previously unreachable levels is truly a great achievement,” said Peng Honghua, president, UMTS, Huawei.

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China Unicom And ZTE Sign Agreement On SDN/NFV


China-Unicom-And-ZTE-Sign-Agreement-On-SDN/NFVZTE has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with China Unicom on Software Defined Network (SDN)/Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

Both parties aim to build-on current SDN/NFV network development trends through collaborative innovation, implement SDN/NFV applications, and promote the next-generation network construction for China Unicom, meeting customers’ demands and promoting network transformation, business innovation, and service upgrade.

China Unicom has been proactively promoting the SDN/NFV industry process. The voice over long term evolution (VoLTE) service project based on virtual evolved packet core (vEPC) and virtual IP multimedia subsystem (vIMS) architecture sponsored by China Unicom for NFV proof of concept (PoC) was successfully completed in October 2015.

This project comprehensively verified the SDN/NFV-based end-to-end VoLTE services, promoted the NFV process, and practiced the network as a service (NaaS) concept advocated by China Unicom.

In accordance with the new-generation network, CUBE-net, proposed by China Unicom and the strategic cooperation agreement signed by China Unicom and ZTE, both parties will cooperate using open-source technology, application scenarios, product requirements, service applications, and market development of SDN/NFV technologies, generate research results meeting network evolution requirements and lay a solid foundation for long-term and sustainable partnerships.

China Unicom and ZTE will work together with open-source communities, requirement analysis, solution and product development, test verification/PoC and commercial pilot office deployment for SDN/NFV. In addition, China Unicom and ZTE will continue research and propose draft standards and patent applications, jointly apply for and undertake national key research projects, and share the achievements in the SDN/NFV field.

“The partnership with ZTE should focus on China Unicom’s marketing and business development needs, and start from service innovation and technological innovation to establish a market-oriented innovation mechanism, and adopt open-source, iterative, and other new R&D models,” said Chi Yongsheng, deputy director, China Unicom Network Technology Research Institute.

“With its rapid development, SDN/NFV is destined to become an important trend for network evolution. ZTE and China Unicom have established long-term partnerships. Today, both parties work with each other again by signing a strategic cooperation memorandum in the field of SDN/NFV, thereby accelerating the revolution in network technologies and the development of the entire industry through continuous innovation and exploration,” said Liu Peng, vice president, ZTE.

“ZTE will continue investing in SDN/NFV, and be committed to R&D and implementation of SDN/NFV technologies, aiming to become a leading pioneer in the SDN/NFV field. ZTE is willing to contribute to SDN/NFV technologies and global industrialization with our partners,” said You Yan, vice president, ZTE.

Following the SDN/NFV-based network reconstruction strategy for developing the next-generation networks, aiming to build an elastic, cloud-based, and open network, ZTE has proposed an innovative ElasticNet architecture and solution integrating the cloud and pipe.

China Unicom and ZTE will actively promote the development of the SDN/NFV industry chain, and optimize and transform the existing network architecture. In addition, ZTE is committed to building a future-proof SDN/NFV network architecture for its customers, and helping operators with Internet-based transformation in the commercial SDN/NFV era.

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Tele2 Netherlands Selects Nokia LTE Small Cells


Tele2-Netherlands-Selects-Nokia-LTE-Small-CellsTele2 Netherlands has selected Nokia’s LTE outdoor and indoor small cells.

The operator started commercial deployments of Flexi Zone LTE base stations to provide a remarkably rich user experience in hotspots and indoor locations and address ever-increasing demand for mobile data when required.

Nokia’s Flexi Zone solution has already been installed at Tele2’s new flagship store in Amsterdam, which will open soon, to provide a stunning experience to subscribers, testing new phones and the performance of Tele2’s LTE network.

Flexi Zone creates a network of low-power LTE access points that can easily complement an operator’s existing macro base station-based infrastructure, thus delivering ultra-fast broadband speeds to subscribers.

François Mairey, CTIO, Tele2 Netherlands said, “We continue to build on our LTE-Advanced network at high speed to address the growing appetite for mobile data, especially in busy locations and at peak times. The results achieved during previous live trials proved that Nokia’s Flexi Zone can offer extremely fast and targeted capacity in high-density indoor areas, making it the ideal solution for our new flagship store.”

Mikko Yla-Kauttu, account director Netherlands, Nokia said, “Nokia is glad to support Tele2 in implementing its future-ready small cells products in its flagship store, a high-tech hangout for users to test the most advanced technology and high-speed services. Our Flexi Zone solution is an extremely cost-effective way to complement macro networks in residential and commercial areas, ensuring a superior experience where most data usage occurs.”

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