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Press Release -- October 28th, 2013
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

NSN demonstrates advanced mobile broadband technologies at Transform Africa Summit in Rwanda

Its technologies efficiently enable eHealth, eLearning and M2M that can transform Africa

Nokia Solutions and Networks is demonstrating its advanced mobile broadband technologies at Transform Africa Summit (TAS) 2013 in Kigali, Rwanda, between 28 and 31 October 2013. The company is demonstrating its LTE infrastructure, including its Single RAN Advanced, and its latest innovation, Liquid Applications, showing how these technologies can be used for eHealth, eLearning and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications. NSN’s superior mobile broadband technologies can enable operators in Africa to provide reliable, faster mobile broadband services for government organizations, enterprises and individuals to transform the continent.

“Since the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has been greatly increasing in the African continent, a reliable, advanced mobile broadband infrastructure is the need of the hour to further drive the socio-economic development here,” said Noel Kirkaldy, head of technology, MEA business region, NSN. “As the world’s specialist in mobile broadband, we are committed to helping African operators provide world-class mobile broadband services cost efficiently.”

NSN is a leader in mobile broadband technologies, including LTE. As of today, the company has 94 commercial references for the delivery of LTE with leading customers in advanced mobile broadband markets such as Korea, Japan, Northern Europe and the United States. NSN’s LTE technology can enable operators to provide up to 150 Mbps (megabits per second) speed in commercial mobile broadband network for subscribers to enjoy clearer voice calls, better internet connectivity, and high-quality mobile data services.

At the summit, NSN is demonstrating its LTE network infrastructure including its Single RAN Advanced platform which is based on its award-winning, weather-proof Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station. The base station is capable of supporting multiple standards including GSM, 3G and LTE, providing a smooth and cost-efficient technology evolution. With its compact and energy-efficient nature, the base station can reduce capital and operating costs for the operators in Africa, as well as enable smooth refarming.

NSN has an industry-leading track record in refarming GSM frequencies to new and more efficient technologies such as HSPA+ and LTE using the same radio frequency hardware. Since spectrum is a scarce resource, operators worldwide opt for spectrum refarming in order to save huge capital costs.

The company’s latest innovation, Liquid Applications, changes the role of base stations in the mobile network by turning them into local hubs of service creation and delivery. This allows operators to provide personalized services with low latency from applications and services located inside a base station. Since the content is brought closer to end users, thus saving transmission which can be costly in remote areas, this innovation will immensely help in areas such as eLearning and eHealth to further drive the socio-economic development in the continent.

For more information on NSN’s mobile broadband capabilities, including a video overview, follow this link. To share your thoughts on the topic, join @NSNtweets on Twitter using #mobilebroadband and #LTE.

About NSN

Nokia Solutions and 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 120 countries and had net sales of approximately 13.4 billion euros in 2012. NSN is wholly owned by Nokia Corporation.

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