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Press Release -- February 21st, 2013
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Nokia Siemens Networks, Panasonic Mobile Communications selected by NTT DOCOMO for LTE-A

Tokyo, Japan – February 21, 2013

LTE-A and small cell radio access development to be completed by 2015 with initial equipment capacity of 300 Mbps

Nokia Siemens Networks and Panasonic Mobile Communications Co. Ltd., a Panasonic group company, have been selected by NTT DOCOMO to develop next generation mobile broadband network architecture for LTE-A (long term evolution-advanced). As part of a multi-year agreement, the two companies will provide NTT DOCOMO with high-capacity base stations optimized for the requirements of LTE-A. These base stations will ensure initial equipment capacity of 300 Mbps (megabits per second) in the network and enable new cloud-based architecture and services. In addition, the two vendors will provide Remote Radio Head (RRH) to roll out small cells to enhance the coverage and capacity of the LTE-A network.

"Nokia Siemens Networks, in collaboration with Panasonic Mobile Communications, is committed to providing a next- generation mobile broadband network to NTT DOCOMO,” said JP Takala, head of Japan Region, Nokia Siemens Networks. “As the world’s specialist in mobile broadband, our focus on innovation and quality will enable NTT DOCOMO to build LTE-A network. With this, NTT DOCOMO will be able to address ever-increasing subscriber needs for higher bandwidth and better quality of services in Japan, one of the most advanced mobile markets in the world.”

“We are very pleased to extend our collaboration with Nokia Siemens Networks and use both companies’ expertise to help NTT DOCOMO launch next-generation mobile broadband services,” said Masamichi Haruna, Head of Networks Business Unit, Panasonic Mobile Communications. “Our collaboration started in 2007 to deliver LTE network infrastructure to DOCOMO, and enabled the operator to launch LTE commercial services in 2010.”

Nokia Siemens Networks and Panasonic Mobile Communications will develop, and deliver base station hardware and software based on Nokia Siemens Networks’ Liquid Radio architecture. This will provide higher capacity and throughputs with centralized and coordinated processing for heterogeneous networks (HetNet). In addition, the two vendors will deliver RRH for small cells rollout to enhance the coverage and capacity of the LTE-A network.

A diagram illustrating virtualization of next generation HetNet is available here.

For more information, including a video overview, on Nokia Siemens Networks’ mobile broadband capabilities, follow this link. To share your thoughts on the topic, join the discussion on Twitter using #mobilebroadband and #LTE.

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products in three business fields, consumer, components & devices, and solutions. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.85 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2012. Panasonic's stock is listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:PC) Stock Exchanges. The company has the vision of becoming the No. 1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry by the 100th year of its founding in 2018. For more information on Panasonic, its brand and commitment to sustainability, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.

For more information about Panasonic Mobile Communications, please visit the company’s website at http://panasonic.net/corporate/segments/pmc.

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 100 countries and had net sales of approximately 13.8 billion euros in 2012. http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

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