Satisfying the need for network speed
Recent analyst reports pinpoint Nokia as the number one TD-LTE vendor. Could speedy network records be one reason why?
Capturing speed records matters. Whether on land, water or in the air, gaining world records for the being the fastest wins media attention and demonstrates a team’s technological prowess.
This is also true with mobile broadband networks. Vendors and operators constantly push the boundaries of network technology to demonstrate they have achieved faster throughputs than ever before.
Many in the industry believe these network speed records are irrelevant because they are unlikely to be achieved in the real world for many years. Yet there is no denying that marketing speedy network technology is an important way for helping operators impress their customers.
Being number one gets you noticed
Nokia’s contribution to the speed arena has now been enhanced with Alcatel-Lucent joining Nokia, bringing its renowned Bell Labs R&D record in TD-LTE. In fact, Nokia is now the combined market leader in TD-LTE, according to two consecutive reports - the Dell'Oro Q3 and Q4 reports, 2015. We have supplied 82 TD-LTE networks in 28 countries.
Here are a few winning examples :
- In 2013, US operator Sprint promoted its Sprint Spark high-speed capability by announcing a 1 Gbps+ over the air capability and in 2014 highlighted industry first demonstration of 2.6Gbps throughput achievement.
- In Australia, Optus promoted its world-first ‘Gigasite’ with 2Gbps+ throughput on a live network site in 2014 using multi-band TD-LTE and FDD LTE carrier aggregation.
- The same year, Ooredoo in Qatar and China Mobile promoted a 4.1 Gbps speed world record using TD-LTE and FDD LTE. The story was picked up widely in the media.
- 2014 also saw Korea’s SK Telecom announce its fastest throughput demonstration of 3.8 Gbps,with Korean dailies reporting the story.
The lesson is clear - subscribers are fascinated and influenced by speed records. And with 18 years of TDD experience, Nokia continues to be first to the mark in leading industry records.
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