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Press Release -- June 11th, 2012
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks
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Nokia Siemens Networks joins Global TD-LTE Initiative #GTI #TD-LTE

Beijing, China – June 11, 2012

Demonstrates commitment to TD-LTE; aims to further commercialize technology

Nokia Siemens Networks has become a member of the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) Partner Forum. The GTI is an industry body that advocates and promotes 4G mobile broadband using TD-LTE technology. Having been an active participant in the GTI since its inception, formal membership marks a further commitment by Nokia Siemens Networks to engage with operators and other GTI members in steering the TD-LTE* ecosystem.

Nokia Siemens Networks has seven commercial TD-LTE deals around the world, in Asia, Middle East, South America and Europe, most of which are already live, and is engaged in large-scale field trials with China Mobile and other operators**. Nokia Siemens Networks also offers a complete portfolio with network infrastructure, devices, applications and services for TD-LTE. The company’s work on TD-LTE demonstrates its new focus as a mobile broadband specialist and its leadership in the global LTE market.

“As more and more users demand high-speed connectivity to their favorite apps on-the-go, TD-LTE is gaining momentum as an efficient technology for superior mobile broadband,” said Mr. Craig Ehrlich, chairman of GTI steering committee. “As one of the companies at the forefront of TD-LTE, Nokia Siemens Networks has always worked closely alongside the GTI. The company’s membership further reiterates its commitment to TD-LTE as a major, global 4G mobile broadband standard.”

Nokia Siemens Networks is actively engaged in multiple GTI technical taskforces that address various issues of TD-LTE commercialization and deployment. This work includes network planning, voice solutions for TD-LTE handsets, co-existence of TDD and FDD, and multi-antenna solutions.

“We have significantly invested in advancing TD-LTE so operators can reap the benefits of delivering mobile broadband using unpaired spectrum***,” said Tommi Uitto, head of the LTE business line at Nokia Siemens Networks. “We have been major contributors to numerous initiatives at the GTI, and are excited about how we can provide further expertise going forward.”

The 4th GTI Workshop will take place on June 18 – 19, 2012, in Hangzhou, China, whereas the GTI Asia Conference will be held on June 20 in Shanghai, China.

On Twitter, join the discussion using #GTI, #TD-LTE and #mobilebroadband.

About GTI

The Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) is a virtual open platform to advocate cooperation among global operators to promote TD-LTE. GTI is formed to create value for stakeholders across the TD-LTE ecosystem for early adoption of the technology and convergence of TD-LTE and LTE FDD. GTI was founded by leading international mobile network operators in 2011 to meet the demands for growing mobile broadband and explore new opportunities across industry and public segments. http://www.lte-tdd.org/

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. http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

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Notes:
* LTE can be run in paired (FDD - Frequency Division Duplexing) or unpaired (TDD - Time Division Duplexing) spectra. TD-LTE is the TDD spectrum variant of LTE and allows operators around the globe to make use of their existing and future unpaired spectrum for 4G mobile broadband.

** Nokia Siemens Networks is at the forefront of TD-LTE development and commercialization, and has seven commercial TD-LTE deals – Bharti Airtel in India, Mobily and STC in Saudi Arabia, and SKY Brazil, to name a few. It is also involved in half of the current TD-LTE trials globally with over 16 major field trials in China, Russia, Taiwan and elsewhere.

In China, Nokia Siemens Networks is helping China Mobile conduct a large-scale TD-LTE field trial in two cities – Hangzhou and Xiamen. These tests are delivering unprecedented results in terms of high mobile broadband throughput and low latencies, with top peak throughputs beyond 100Mbps. Nokia Siemens Networks recently announced in Hangzhou its plans to extend its TD-LTE offering to the 1.9 GHz frequency band. With this, China Mobile can evolve its TD-SCDMA network to dual-mode, and support both TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE technologies on the 1.9GHz band via a simple software upgrade. Other global operators can also benefit from this, and use their existing 1.9GHz spectrum to launch TD-LTE faster.

*** TD-LTE cost-effectively meets the pent-up demand for mobile broadband. With unpaired spectrum available in 110+ countries, the technology has global momentum.

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