Nokia Siemens Networks recently made the world’s first LTE call using commercial base station and fully standard-compliant software.
Standard-compliant LTE network products and terminals are a precondition for commercial network rollouts and for end users to benefit from a large terminal variety from different vendors.
The Nokia Siemens Networks’ call was made via base stations with fully complaint software to the 3GPP Rel.8 (March 2009 baseline) LTE standard, bringing LTE trials closer to the behaviour of future commercial deployments.
“This call is a significant landmark in building and strengthening our entire LTE ecosystem and shows our commitment to the technology," says Marc Rouanne, head of Nokia Siemens Networks’ Radio Access business unit. “We see customers adopting LTE along differing timelines and we stand ready to meet the needs of early adopters of LTE as well as operators with extended migration paths from 3G/HSPA+ to LTE."
The first deployments for LTE services are foreseen for the end of 2009, with volume rollouts of commercial networks in early 2010.