Australian Mobile Operator Optus, Partners with Nokia Siemens to Modernize it's Networks
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... it was reasonably assumed that mobile TV would progress from regular TV through the existing medium of broadcasting and perhaps as a service offered by the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).
Broadcast Australia experimented with DVB-H[W] as a vehicle for the delivery of mobile TV, but things changed with the arrival of the iPhone, which began to separate content from carriage. Suddenly all kinds of applications, including video-based ones, became available on mobile devices independently of the mobile operators. Since then, developments in Australia have been led by the devices and their Apps rather than by the mobile operators.
Unfortunately, with the explosion in growth of such devices and their bandwidth hungry Apps, mobile operators are having trouble keeping up with demand. Clearly, MNOs need to focus on the provision of infrastructure rather than the provision of services where they lack the specialisation, but with limited bandwidth, this is easier said than done.
Necessity being the mother of invention, MNOs everywhere are seeking to maximise what resources they do have. Optus Australia, have today announced decisive moves in that direction. Enter Nokia Siemens Networks. The Nokia phoenix, once synonymous with mobile phone handsets and long time proponent of TV on the mobile, is now rising in the shape of mobile broadband network innovator and may yet prove to be one of the enabling forces behind mobile TV adoption.
Sydney, Australia – July 31, 2012
Nokia Siemens Networks supports Optus network modernization and 4G implementation:
- To modernize Optus’ mobile network including refarming the 900 MHz GSM frequency band to improve UMTS 3G coverage
- To implement Evolved Packet Core and rollout parts of 4G LTE 1800 MHz radio access network
Optus, one of the leading mobile operators in Australia, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as a partner for its key network initiatives. The agreement includes modernization of the mobile network, refarming the 900 MHz GSM frequency band, and providing infrastructure and services for LTE* (4G) rollout in Sydney and Perth. In addition, as part of this agreement, Nokia Siemens Networks is the sole LTE core provider for Optus.
“Spectrum is a scarce resource, so operators are seeking ways to make the best use of it. With this deal, Optus will re-use its existing spectrum to modernize its radio network and also offer 4G services cost-efficiently in one of the largest spectrum migration programs globally,” said Stephen McFeeley, head of Australia and New Zealand at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Our mobile broadband offering, based on the Liquid Core and Liquid Radio architectures, will assist Optus in managing the dynamic capacity and technology demands in one of the most advanced mobile broadband markets.”
“Our major mobile network initiatives, including network enhancements, U900 MHz spectrum migration program and 4G services rollout aim to provide the best possible experience for our customers,” added Günther Ottendorfer, Managing Director, Networks at Optus. “Nokia Siemens Networks is a key network partner in supporting these initiatives.”
Nokia Siemens Networks is upgrading the Optus mobile network and deploying 4G using its Single RAN (radio access network)** platform, based on its compact, energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station. The company is also providing its Evolved Packet Core platform including Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway). Optus’ LTE, GSM and 3G networks will be monitored, managed and optimized by Nokia Siemens Networks’ unified network management system, NetAct.
In addition to Optus’ in-house services capability, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide Optus with a range of services, including network implementation, spectrum refarming, radio planning, optimization, project management, and care including spare part management, software maintenance, third-party software support and training. Some of these services will be delivered remotely through Nokia Siemens Networks' Global Delivery Centers. Nokia Siemens Networks will also implement its In Building Solution (IBS) that enables reliable mobile broadband connectivity by significantly improving network capacity and coverage inside buildings.
The company will provide reliable and secure 4G services over the network through its radio transport security solution. Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide network operations support to improve Optus' network efficiency and quality.
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*Nokia Siemens Networks is leading the commercialization of Long Term Evolution (LTE) in terms of commercial references and live network performance. With commercial FDD LTE and TD-LTE networks based on the award-winning Flexi Multiradio Base Station family and its new LTE small cell solution Flexi Zone, Nokia Siemens Networks is the leader in LTE commercialization and LTE innovation. This top position in implementation and innovation has been reconfirmed by ABI Research's 2012 LTE Base Station Vendor Matrix.
Among Nokia Siemens Networks’ 63 commercial LTE deals are Azerfon in Azerbaijan (radio); Bell Canada (radio); Bharti Airtel in India (TD-LTE radio, EPC); Deutsche Telekom in Germany (radio); Du in UAE (radio); Elisa Finland (radio, EPC); EMT in Estonia (radio); Hrvatski Telekom in Croatia (radio); KDDI in Japan (radio); KT in Korea (radio); LG U+ in Korea (radio); LMT in Latvia (radio, EPC); Mobily (Etisalat) in Saudi Arabia (TD-LTE radio, EPC); Mosaic Telecom in USA (radio, EPC); NTT DOCOMO in Japan (radio, EPC); Optus in Australia (radio, EPC); SK Telecom in Korea (radio); SKY in Brazil (TD-LTE radio, EPC); SOFTBANK MOBILE in Japan (radio); Sonera in Finland (radio); StarHub in Singapore (radio, EPC); STC (Saudi Telecom Company) in Saudi Arabia (TD-LTE radio); T-Mobile in USA (radio, EPC); Tele2 in Estonia (radio, EPC); Tele2 in Latvia (radio; EPC); Tele2 in Lithuania (radio, EPC); Tele2 in Sweden (EPC); Telecom Italia (radio); Telefónica O2 in Germany (radio); Telenor Denmark (radio); Telia in Denmark (radio); Telia in Sweden (radio); Telus in Canada (radio); TMN in Portugal (radio, EPC); Verizon in USA (IMS for LTE) and Zain Bahrain (radio, EPC). Out of these, 29 operators have already commercially launched LTE and serve about 40% of all LTE subscribers worldwide.
In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks is involved in half of the TD-LTE trials that are currently ongoing around the world: over 16 major field trials in China, Taiwan, Russia and other areas of the world. The company has commercial deals with seven TD-LTE network operators including STC, Mobily, SKY in Brazil and Bharti Airtel.
**Nokia Siemens Networks’ Single RAN including the Flexi Multiradio Base Station provides a future-proof, easy and cost-efficient path to LTE in both FDD and TDD spectrum bands via a simple software upgrade. Besides the Single RAN that supports GSM, 3G, FDD-LTE and TD-LTE, the company’s LTE telecom infrastructure offering also features the Evolved Packet Core, including Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway), transport solutions, network management system, Self Organizing Networks (SON), the award-winning Voice over LTE (VoLTE), provisioning and charging solutions as well as a range of professional services to plan, install, maintain and operate networks. For more information, follow this link.