Smooth migration from WiMAX to TD-LTE-Advanced and up to 4-fold improvement in speed and capacity while reducing the latency by half
Mainstream global technology, smartphones and tablets deliver a significantly enhanced user experience, more revenue and higher profit margins
Espoo, Finland - Nokia Networks is offering WiMAX operators a compelling solution to smoothly migrate WiMAX networks to TD-LTE-Advanced. The company is enhancing its broad portfolio of 1.9 GHz to 2.6 GHz and 2-pipe to 8-pipe TD-LTE radios with the world's first 3.5 GHz carrier aggregation capable radio, and adding new TD-LTE-Advanced features and required services. With its global service expertise, operators can reuse the majority of their infrastructure* while enhancing their network with new features, capacity and, most importantly, support for the latest smartphones and tablets that will attract more subscribers. Deployment of Nokia Networks Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station for TDD and FDD will allow expansion with FDD-LTE for even better capacity, coverage and roaming benefits.
"TD-LTE is now a globally deployed technology with a rich ecosystem, and its convergence with FDD-LTE makes it more attractive for many mobile operators," said Zhang Qi, vice president of TD-LTE at Nokia Networks. "Our Single RAN Advanced Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station for TDD and FDD makes a strong case for WiMAX operators** to migrate now and reap the benefits from their existing investment in spectrum, backhaul, cabling, towers and energy. It will also help them be ready for TDD-FDD carrier aggregation***."
The WiMAX to Nokia Networks TD-LTE-Advanced solution**** includes the industry's first 3.5 GHz radio with TD-LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation capabilities, the UL_COMP software for better upload experience at the cell edge compared to WiMAX, and the first Transmit Mode 9 beamforming commercial software for improvement in download. This solution has been designed to help operators increase revenue, reduce costs and make a smooth and rapid network migration*****.
"WiMAX operators have invested heavily in infrastructure and spectrum but face declining revenues," said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst at Infonetics. "Given the significant progression of TD-LTE in the last few years, they are eager to upgrade their legacy network. Migration to TD-LTE will give WiMAX operators access to the LTE bandwagon and generate more revenues via support for the latest smartphones and tablets from major vendors. What makes the solution more compelling is Nokia Networks' progress from TD-LTE to TD-LTE-Advanced, which is many times more spectral efficient than WiMAX, allowing operators to deliver superior mobile broadband at a lower cost per bit."
A transition from WiMAX to TD-LTE-Advanced requires careful analysis of the operator's infrastructure to guarantee the continuation and improvement of service quality. Nokia Networks Global Services enable WiMAX operators to modernize their networks and make a seamless transition to TD-LTE with a turnkey approach.
Nokia Networks will present its WiMAX to TD-LTE-Advanced migration solution at the 11th Global TD-LTE Initiative Workshop in Hinschu, Taiwan, September 17-18, 2014.
Please see Nokia Networks' additional LTE-Advanced news in the press release: "Nokia Liquid Radio raises the bar with capacity gains, ensuring users connect even in busiest metropolitan areas #NetworksPerform."
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* Operators can reuse their spectrum, towers, base station sites, power systems, antennas, cabling, backhaul, and most of their network operation center investments, including physical infrastructure such as screens and IT gear and remote operation gear. Also, various server farms for CRM, security, billing, authentication, accounting, and applications.
** Some of the large former WiMAX operators include Sprint/Clearwire (USA), MTS (Russia), Mobily (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).
*** For more information on TDD-FDD carrier aggregation:
· Watch Nokia demonstrating 3.8 Gbps TDD-FDD LTE throughput here.
· Read how Nokia Networks, KT and SKT achieve world's first TDD-FDD carrier aggregation demonstration here.
· Read how LTE throughput leader Nokia Networks sets the world record with SK Telecom of close to 4 Gbps using TDD-FDD carrier aggregation here.
**** The following products and features are introduced for TD-LTE:
· A new 3.5 GHz TD-LTE radio for the Nokia Networks Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station with integrated Wi-Fi allows operators to migrate from WiMAX to a TD-LTE-Advanced network as well as reduce interference and power consumption while delivering blazingly fast data speeds to users. Many mobile operators with no additional FDD spectrum are facing steep data demands, yet the WiMAX ecosystem is a technology dead-end and cannot support high data speeds or the latest smartphones and tablets. Radio operation in 3.5 GHz/Band 42 gives operators up to 200 MHz of spectrum for additional capacity. Nokia spectrum studies indicate that Band 42, 3.5 GHz spectrum is allocated in approximately 70 countries globally and distributed to approximately 250 spectrum owners.
· The UL_COMP feature delivers better uplink gain at the cell edge compared to WiMAX.
· The TM9 Beamforming feature delivers improved downlink performance compared to the previous TM8 beamforming technique.
***** For more information on rapid TD-LTE network rollout and WiMAX to TD-LTE migration rollout, read how Nokia Networks delivers the best quality in the fastest TD-LTE rollout for China Mobile here and how MTS and Nokia Networks launch Russia's first #TD-LTE #4G network here.