Nokia Siemens Networks enables Chile’s first LTE network

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Claro Chile’s subscribers can enjoy ultra-fast mobile broadband services.

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“This deal is a strong testimony to the excellent relationship we’ve had with Claro Chile since 2005,” said Raúl Romero, head of customer business team, América Móvil, at Nokia Siemens Networks.

Claro Chile, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the América Móvil group, has become the first operator to launch commercial LTE (long term evolution)* services in Chile. As its sole supplier, Nokia Siemens Networks has provided the radio and core network and services for the operator’s new 4G network, the first of its kind in the country. With the new 4G network, Claro Chile’s customers will soon have access to a host of advanced services.

“Our customers can now look forward to super-fast mobile broadband that will offer them a significantly superior service experience,” said Gerardo Muñoz, chief executive officer at Claro Chile. “We have complete faith in Nokia Siemens Networks’ expertise as well as in their commitment to help us deliver world class communication services quickly so that we can satisfy our customers.”

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks provided an LTE radio access network featuring its award-winning and high-capacity Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations. The Flexi Multiradio Base Station is a Single RAN (radio access network) base station for GSM, 3G, and LTE. It facilitates an easy and cost-effective site upgrade to LTE using Nokia Siemens Networks’ NetAct management system to ensure consolidated configuration, monitoring and network optimization for Claro Chile’s radio and core network, including iSON automation. To complete the LTE network, the company also deployed its Evolved Packet Core** (EPC) network to help the operator deal with the unprecedented increase in data traffic over its network.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ Global Services enable operators to move safely towards LTE with the highest quality possible. For Claro Chile, Global Services is providing network planning and optimization services, as well as operational services for process alignment, support and engineering. With the help of these, the LTE implementation for Claro Chile was accomplished in record time, in accordance with the rules set by Subtel, the Chilean telecom regulator.The contract also includes care hardware and competence development services.

“This deal is a strong testimony to the excellent relationship we’ve had with Claro Chile since 2005,” said Raúl Romero, head of customer business team, América Móvil, at Nokia Siemens Networks. “We are proud to be associated with this important project that marks the debut of commercial 4G services in Chile – a landmark accomplishment in one of the most advanced communications markets in Latin America.”

Having laid the foundation of this initiative with joint LTE trials in November 2012, Nokia Siemens Networks and Claro Chile conducted the first 4G-LTE call on the operator’s network in March this year. This was an important precursor to the formal introduction of commercial LTE services in the country.

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About Claro Chile
Claro Chile is a subsidiary of América Móvil, the third largest telecom operator in the world and the largest in Latin America. With more than 260 million customers in 18 countries, we have generated significant international partnerships, delivering the best services and the most advanced technology to our customers at convenient prices.

About Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.

With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 120 countries and had net sales of approximately 13.4 billion euros in 2012. http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

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*Nokia Siemens Networks is a leader in the commercialization and innovation of Long Term Evolution (LTE), serving millions of LTE subscribers in commercial FDD-LTE and TD-LTE networks worldwide. In fact, we are a supplier to close to 60 commercial LTE operators which account for 45% of all LTE subscribers. Our unique track record is based on award-winning platforms like the multi-technology, compact, modular and weatherproof Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and the ingenious Liquid Radio LTE Software Suite and Smart Scheduler to maximize performance and optimize the use of radio spectrum.

**Nokia Siemens Networks’ Evolved Packet Core (EPC) solution consists of Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway). It has unique 4D-scaling capabilities that help operators prepare for mobile broadband growth in four dimensions: data throughput handling to accommodate data traffic explosion; signaling capacity to deal with smartphones; a large number of data sessions for multiple data connections per subscriber; and service intelligence for operators’ revenue and resource optimization. Among our EPC customers are leading operators such as NTT DOCOMO and T-Mobile USA.

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