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Press Release -- May 2nd, 2012
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

New CDMA base station launched by Nokia Siemens Networks #CTIA12

International CTIA Wireless®, New Orleans, USA – May 2, 2012

• Can reduce base station operating costs up to 70%
• 4G upgrade capability underlines commitment to technology evolution

Nokia Siemens Networks is bringing the benefits of its globally recognized Flexi Multiradio Base Station platform* to CDMA** operators. Nokia Siemens Networks is launching its Flexi Multiradio CDMA Base Station at International CTIA Wireless® 2012 next week. The new base station is energy efficient and compact, helping operators to lower costs as well as allowing a smooth migration to LTE. The launch emphasizes the company’s long-term commitment to CDMA by integrating the technology into its wider Flexi base station portfolio.

The new base station offers CDMA operators low total cost of ownership (TCO). Nokia Siemens Networks tests have shown that, compared to earlier generations of base stations, the new product can reduce base station operating costs by up to 70%. By sharply reducing power consumption, the Flexi Multiradio CDMA Base Station cuts both running costs and the need for power-hungry air conditioning. The compact size of the new base station minimizes site space requirements, decreases rental costs and makes it easier to deploy in indoor and outdoor locations.

”We’ve integrated our acquired CDMA capabilities into the industry-leading Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Multiradio Base Station portfolio, focusing on customers’ on-going needs. To achieve this, we have invested significant R&D resources to create flexible future options for CDMA operators including multi-technology capabilities,” said Scott Mottonen, head of the CDMA/LTE business line, Nokia Siemens Networks. “CDMA continues to represent a significant and growing opportunity in many markets. In particular, recent advances in CDMA technologies and the availability of a wide range of terminals have enhanced capabilities to meet subscriber expectations for advanced services. CDMA operators now have the opportunity to deploy solutions with a consistent approach and format.”

Using the common Flexi Multiradio Base Station format makes the integration of CDMA into multi-technology sites straightforward, which is especially important given the ongoing adoption of LTE. The base station provides some of the latest CDMA 1X Advanced*** (voice) and EV-DO**** (data) capabilities, as well as flexibility and scalability to meet future demands. With this base station, operators can be assured that their CDMA investments are protected as they transition towards LTE.

The Flexi Multiradio CDMA Base Station is backed by Nokia Siemens Networks’ global experts and complete portfolio of services including consultancy, design and planning, systems integration, deployment, optimization, maintenance, and managed services.

The Flexi Multiradio CDMA Base Station will be available for commercial deployments in the 800MHz and 1900MHz frequency bands by the end of 2012, with additional frequency bands provided based on market demand.

A demonstration of the new base station can be seen at the Nokia Siemens Networks stand (Booth # 3701, Hall D) at International CTIA Wireless® 2012.

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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.

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* Operators can minimize network deployment and operational costs with Nokia Siemens Networks’ market leading Flexi Multiradio Base Station, the industry’s smallest and most efficient multi-technology base station, with a unique design and architecture. The energy efficiency of the Flexi Multiradio Base Station underpins Nokia Siemens Networks’ commitment to environmentally sustainable solutions by providing operators with base station site energy savings of up to 70% as a result of design and technology improvements over earlier base station models and their associated site and ancillary requirements.

** CDMA technologies deliver high quality mobile voice and high speed mobile data communications to over 600 million subscribers worldwide. CDMA is widely used in both emerging and developed markets. Nokia Siemens Networks has rapidly affirmed itself as a significant force in the CDMA landscape with an impressive heritage and global scale, all of which is built on industry leading practices and capabilities.

*** EV-DO Advanced provides enhanced network performance by increasing the efficiency of existing EV-DO networks and devices by exploiting typically unevenly loaded networks without the need for new spectrum, channel cards or devices. EV-DO Advanced performance gains are realized via software upgrade to existing EV-DO Rev. A or Rev. B networks. Further performance gains are possible using a combination of network and advanced device techniques.

**** CDMA 1X Advanced is a technology that provides high-quality voice services to subscribers. For network operators the enhancement increases the voice capacity of the CDMA network by up to a factor of four over legacy 1X networks. Moreover, 1X Advanced has the added advantage of allowing an operator to trade-off the capacity improvement to increase network coverage by up to 70%.

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