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SK Telecom and Nokia Siemens Networks to Launch LTE Services This Year

Nokia Siemens Networks, a provider of telecom equipment and solutions, announced that SK Telecom, Korea's number one mobile operator in terms of subscribers, will triple its broadband capacity and offer five times faster data download and seven times faster upload speeds from July 2011.

The Korean operator has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to provide Long Term Evolution (LTE) infrastructure. SK Telecom (News - Alert) will use Nokia Siemens’ Flexi Multiradio Base Stations and NetAct network management system as well as implementation and care services.

LTE (News - Alert) is making inroads into several Asian countries following its earlier trials in Europe. The operator will introduce LTE services in Seoul in July 2011. SK Telecom will expand its LTE network coverage to other metropolitan areas by the end of 2012. Nationwide coverage is expected by the end of 2013.

As per the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks (News - Alert) will offer its Flexi Multiradio Base Station, a perfect fit for SK Telecom's advanced Smart Cloud Access Network (SCAN) concept due to its unique modular and distributed design, according to company officials.

”SK Telecom has aggressive plans to deploy LTE in Korea. We will draw on our expertise in LTE as well as the experience gained from several LTE trials and implementations to help the operator put these into action,” said Ricky Corker, head, APAC region at Nokia Siemens Networks, in a statement.

With Nokia Siemens’ portfolio of products, software and services, SK Telecom is planning to ensure a smooth and timely launch of LTE services in the country.

Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its NetAct system to help the operator monitor, manage and optimize its network. The telecom infrastructure major will provide a full set of hardware and software maintenance services along with strong local support to help ensure the best network availability.

The company will demonstrate its LTE solutions at the Nokia Siemens Networks' Experience Center at the 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Back in October, Nokia Siemens Networks announced that it will deploy long-term evolution (LTE) network in 800 MHz band for German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom (News - Alert). The contract includes planning, optimization, deployment of the LTE network and its maintenance, company officials said.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee

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