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Press Release -- May 8th, 2012
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

T-Mobile USA selects Nokia Siemens Networks to support network modernization and LTE evolution #CTIA12

International CTIA Wireless®, New Orleans, USA – May 7, 2012

• Nokia Siemens Networks one of the vendors selected to support $4 billion 4G network evolution plan
• Provide LTE network, with Release 10 readiness, on multi-radio platform
• Will include network-wide capability for future 4×4 MIMO functionality
• GSM and HSPA+ multiradio network modernization

Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the vendors selected to support the $4 billion 4G network evolution plan, which T-Mobile USA announced today. As part of the deal, Nokia Siemens Networks will modernize T-Mobile’s GSM and HSPA+ core and radio access infrastructure in key markets to improve existing voice and data coverage. It will also deploy LTE as part of T-Mobile USA’s 4G evolution initiative in 2013. The network transformation efforts are part of T-Mobile’s strategic focus on affordable 4G services.

“We are excited to continue our long-standing and successful partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks as we modernize our network and deploy LTE in 2013,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “With the latest release 10 LTE equipment, T-Mobile is well positioned to continue our 4G leadership into the future.”

Nokia Siemens Networks will provide T-Mobile its Evolved Packet Core platform, including Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway). The company will also provide for the LTE deployment its Single RAN Advanced platform based on its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station. Part of Nokia Siemens Networks’ award-winning Flexi base station portfolio, the Flexi Multiradio 10 is acclaimed for its outstanding capacity, allowing operators to deliver up to 10 times more data traffic.

“We’re pleased to extend our relationship with T-Mobile, following the successful roll out of its 4G HSPA+ service,” said Ricky Corker, head of the North America region for Nokia Siemens Networks. “As a leader in mobile broadband services and LTE commercial deployment, Nokia Siemens Networks’ innovative technology and global experience will enable T-Mobile to modernize its network and deploy LTE with minimal intrusion and transform its network to LTE in the most optimal, cost effective way.”

T-Mobile has already deployed Nokia Siemens Networks’ subscriber data management solution and this will be enhanced to support a more powerful customer experience with LTE. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will deliver a range of services, including network planning and optimization, network implementation and support for the modernization and LTE deployment.

The deployment will also include Nokia Siemens Networks’ NetAct multi technology Network Management System. This will enable a consolidated and effective end-to-end solution to manage and optimize T-Mobile’s network and evolved packet core from a single platform. In addition, both the Nokia Siemens Networks SON** and a separate, dedicated multi vendor Performance Manager *** will be delivered.

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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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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’ 56 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); T-Mobile in USA (radio, EPC); 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, follow this link.

**Nokia Siemens Networks SON is designed to support fully cognitive self learning and adaptive networks, reduce network management complexity and improve user experience. Its dedicated multi technology will improve exponentially the network’s performance management, enabling T-Mobile to track service degradation near real-time and proactively solve problems before they become issues to its customers.

***With a smart combination of new business-aware functionality, new graphical user interface and best practices adopted from operating networks, Performance Manager helps turning zillions of network data into meaningful information. With intelligence built in the product, operators can understand faster how their network performance impacts the service quality.

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