Korea Telecom selects Nokia Siemens Networks for LTE
20 January 2012 | Kavit Majithia
Korea Telecom (KT) has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as one of its infrastructure and service vendors for the deployment of its LTE network.
The company is expected to reuse its acquired spectrum in the 1.8GHz band, in a bid to allow its subscribers access to 4G mobile broadband services by mid 2012. Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its LTE radio equipment through its Flexi Multiradio Base Stations, and it will allow KT network integration within its other services.
KT expressed its confidence in Nokia Siemens Networks for providing next-generation mobile broadband services in a company statement. “Nokia Siemens Networks’ enhanced focus on mobile broadband will certainly help us deliver superior customer experience with the launch of LTE services.”
Paul Tyler, head of Asia Pacific, Nokia Siemens Networks, stated the necessity for KT, and other operators to reuse spectrum more frequently considering its limited availability. “Spectrum re-farming is emerging as a viable option for operators looking to better allocate existing spectrum cost efficiently and provide next-generation LTE services that offer a better customer experience,” he said.
Since the emergence of Apple and Google in the smartphone market, Nokia, a traditional handset vendor has had to focus its investments and services towards network infrastructure. It now operates in over 150 countries and is one of the largest managed services providers in the world.
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