SoftBank Mobile Corp. is upgrading its mobile broadband capability across Japan with technology and services from Nokia Siemens Networks.
The operator has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to supply, deploy and integrate its 4G, FDD-LTE (Frequency Division Duplex – Long Term Evolution) network. SoftBank Mobile expects to offer LTE services in autumn 2012. Under a separate contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will also expand SoftBank Mobile’s HSPA+ network to enable new services using the recently allocated 900 MHz frequency band.
Junichi Miyakawa, Executive Vice President, Director and CTO at SoftBank Mobile said with the increasing subscriptions to it's services an upgrade was essential:
SoftBank Mobile is witnessing a major upsurge in subscriber numbers with now over 28 million customers. We are committed to providing people with the best mobile internet experience through the launch of 4G, using FDD-LTE, and enhanced, nationwide, HSPA+ network coverage. Nokia Siemens Networks’ mobile broadband technology and services will help us deliver on this commitment.”
Since purchasing Vodafone Japan in 2006, SoftBank Mobile has enjoyed a tight stranglehold in the Japanese market, even joining forces with Apple in 2008 to bring the iPhone to Japan. This latest venture with Nokia is a move to roll-out SoftBank Mobile’s new and expanded nationwide networks in a flexible and cost efficient manner, covering rural areas and major cities including Sapporo, Sendai and Fukuoka.
Nokia Siemens Networks will deploy its award-winning Flexi Multiradio Base Station for both SoftBank Mobile’s FDD-LTE network and HSPA+ network expansion. It will also provide optimized backhaul transport with its FlexiPacket Microwave platform.
Nokia Siemens Networks will also update its network management system NetAct to enable consolidated monitoring, management and optimization of the operator’s LTE and HSPA+ networks.