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Press Release -- April 26th, 2012
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks enables Croatia’s first commercial 4G services

Zagreb, Croatia – April 26, 2012

Croatia Hrvatski Telekom customers now enjoy faster downloads, response times

Hrvatski Telekom subscribers in the cities of Zagreb, Rijeka, Osijek and Split can now enjoy ultra high-speed 4G mobile broadband with data speeds ten times faster than 3G. Nokia Siemens Networks has provided the radio access network and related services for the operator’s 4G services. The operator is the first to launch commercial LTE services in Croatia. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks is modernizing and expanding Hrvatski Telekom’s nationwide GSM and 3G networks. 

“LTE offers people a richer mobile broadband experience with significantly faster data services for browsing, downloads and video streaming, with low latency. We in HT are intensely investing in new technologies to offer our customers in Croatia cutting-edge telecommunications services at the same time as they appear on the most developed global markets; and we are among the first in Europe and in the region. With this launch, we are modernizing our existing GSM and 3G networks to bring Croatia alongside many leading markets across the world that enjoy 4G,” said Božidar Poldrugač, member of the management board and chief technology officer, at Hrvatski Telekom. “With Nokia Siemens Networks’ global experience and strong combination of products and services, we are confident of a smooth and speedy deployment.”

Hrvatski Telekom is the first operator in Croatia to begin selling the new LTE data tariffs with revolutionary speed data transfer to private and business customers. There are two data rates, Extreme Mobile net L which includes 3 GB of data traffic for 175 HRK* per month and Extreme Mobile net XL which includes 20 GB of data traffic for 250 HRK per month. During the promotional period, until 1 October 2012, customers can use unlimited surfing on both Extreme Mobile net tariffs.

Nokia Siemens Networks is providing its Single RAN (radio access network) solution based on its award-winning, energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station. Single RAN enables Hrvatski Telekom to efficiently provide GSM, 3G and LTE to its customers. The fast introduction of LTE services is enabled by using the 1800 MHz GSM band already available to the operator. The use of the 900MHz band is extended for GSM, and also for 3G coverage expansion in rural areas. In addition to offering new 4G services and improving the quality of GSM and 3G services, the modernization will allow the operator to reduce the overall energy consumption of its network.

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks is also upgrading its NetAct network management system, to offer consolidated monitoring and optimization for Hrvatski Telekom’s GSM, 3G and 4G networks. The company is also providing support services including network implementation, hardware, software and competence development.

“With data traffic expected to increase dramatically, network evolution to next-generation technologies can help operators ensure a differentiated user experience. Hrvatski Telekom’s new LTE network will raise the bar for data services in the country. In addition, it will help the operator keep pace with the surge in smart devices and bandwidth-intensive applications and services,” said Nives Sandri, in charge of business with Hrvatski Telekom at Nokia Siemens Networks.

About Hrvatski Telekom

Hrvatski telekom is the leading provider of telecommunications services in Croatia, offering fixed and mobile telephony services as well as wholesale, Internet, IPTV, data and ICT services. Hrvatski Telekom d.d. and subsidiary companies provide electronic communications services and ICT services supported by efficiently built and maintained electronic communications networks within the Republic of Croatia. In addition to the provision of fixed telephony lines services (fixed telephony line access and traffic, as well as fixed network supplementary services), the Group also provides broadband, payTV and ICT services, data transmission services (lease of lines, Metro-Ethernet, IP/MPLS, ATM), operating with GSM, UMTS, HSDPA and LTE mobile networks.

The company’s strategy is based on service quality, customer satisfaction, and further development of broadband access and value added services related to broadband access. T-HT offers its customers the best and the most advanced services as soon as they become available on the world market. We pay exceptional attention to network quality, coverage, and speed. Hrvatski Telekom is the first Croatian operator to launch 4G network and LTE based services which provides customers with up to data transfer speed up to 10 times higher than before and enables exchange of the most demanding multimedia content.

In 2011 T-HT Group was ranked among the first operators in Europe to offer its customers cloud services, from the platform as a service – Cloud Store, Cloud Computer to business application solutions — Cloud Human Resources, Cloud Finance and computing. These products highlighted our focus on the innovative ICT services that complement our portfolio of traditional telecommunications services.

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.

With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 150 countries and had net sales of over 14 billion euros in 2011.

Media Enquiries

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Phone: +48 660 430 098

Media Relations
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Hrvatski Telekom
Bojan Mušćet
Corporate Communications sector
Phone: +385 1 4912 140

*Croatian currency – kuna.

Nokia Siemens Networks is leading the commercialization of Long Term Evolution (LTE) in terms of commercial references and live network performance. With commercial FDD LTE and TD-LTE networks based on the award-winning Flexi Multiradio Base Station family and its new LTE small cell solution Flexi Zone, Nokia Siemens Networks is the leader in LTE commercialization and LTE innovation. This top position in implementation and innovation has been reconfirmed by ABI Research’s 2012 LTE Base Station Vendor Matrix.

Among Nokia Siemens Networks’ 55 commercial LTE deals are Azerfon in Azerbaijan (radio); Bell Canada (radio); Bharti Airtel in India (TD-LTE radio, EPC); Deutsche Telekom in Germany (radio); Du in UAE (radio); Elisa Finland, Elisa Estonia (radio, EPC); EMT in Estonia (radio); Hrvatski Telekom in Croatia (radio); KDDI in Japan (radio); KT in Korea (radio); LG U+ in Korea (radio); LMT in Latvia (radio, EPC); Mobily (Etisalat) in Saudi Arabia (TD-LTE radio, EPC); Mosaic Telecom in USA (radio, EPC); NTT DOCOMO in Japan (radio, EPC); SK Telecom in Korea (radio); SKY in Brazil (TD-LTE radio, EPC); SOFTBANK MOBILE in Japan (radio); Sonera in Finland (radio); StarHub in Singapore (radio, EPC); STC (Saudi Telecom Company) in Saudi Arabia (TD-LTE radio); Tele2 in Estonia (radio, EPC); Tele2 in Latvia (radio; EPC); Tele2 in Lithuania (radio; EPC); Tele2 in Sweden (EPC); Telecom Italia (radio); Telefónica O2 in Germany (radio); Telenor Denmark (radio); Telia in Denmark (radio); Telia in Sweden (radio); Telus in Canada (radio); TMN in Portugal (radio, EPC); Verizon in USA (IMS for LTE) and Zain Bahrain (radio, EPC). Out of these, 26 operators have already commercially launched LTE and serve about 40% of all LTE subscribers worldwide.

In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks is involved in half of the TD-LTE trials that are currently ongoing around the world: over 16 major field trials in China, Taiwan, Russia and other areas of the world. The company has commercial deals with six TD-LTE network operators including STC, Mobily, SKY in Brazil and Bharti Airtel.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ Single RAN including the Flexi Multiradio Base Station provides a future-proof, easy and cost-efficient path to LTE in both FDD and TDD spectrum bands via a simple software upgrade. Besides the Single RAN that supports GSM, 3G, FDD-LTE and TD-LTE, the company’s LTE telecom infrastructure offering also features the Evolved Packet Core, including Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway), transport solutions, network management system, Self Organizing Networks (SON), the award-winning Voice over LTE (VoLTE), provisioning and charging solutions and a range of professional services to plan, install, maintain and operate networks. For more information, click here.

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