NSN and Sprint hit 2.6 Gbps TD-LTE throughput - triumphs previous record by 63 percent #MWC14

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Unprecedented speeds to be showcased at Mobile World Congress 2014. New TD-LTE Flexi Multiradio System Module offers 5 Gbps peak rates from a single site.

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Combining our unique spectrum assets with TD-LTE-Advanced features and NSN’s next generation TD-LTE base station has allowed us to achieve the world’s first 2.6 Gbps throughput over TD-LTE.

Nokia Solutions and Networks has linked up with the US operator Sprint to accomplish a huge leap in TD-LTE network speeds by demonstrating 2.6 gigabits per second (Gbps) throughput over a single sector. Using its commercially available Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, NSN’s Mountain View facility in California beat the previous 1.6 Gbps record and will be demonstrating the achievement at Mobile World Congress 2014. NSN is also launching a high-capacity Flexi Multiradio System Module for TD-LTE that can deliver up to 5 Gbps of peak throughput from a single site.

Continuing its streak of TD-LTE speed records*, NSN has aggregated 120 MHz of Sprint’s TDD spectrum to achieve an unprecedented speed of 2.6 Gbps using its innovative Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, which is currently used in commercial radio networks around the world.

“Sprint is excited to partner with NSN to enable Sprint Spark and lead the way globally in enabling future mobile broadband innovation,” said Stephen Bye, Chief Technology Officer at Sprint. “Combining our unique spectrum assets with TD-LTE-Advanced features and NSN’s next generation TD-LTE base station has allowed us to achieve the world’s first 2.6 Gbps throughput over TD-LTE.”

“With demand for high-speed mobile broadband services growing rapidly around the world, NSN and Sprint are showing how operators can unlock the highest capacity from their TDD spectrum,” said Zhang Qi, vice president for TD-LTE at NSN. “At Mobile World Congress, we will demonstrate how the record speed was achieved, proving that TD-LTE technology and the ecosystem are ready for global roll out by any operator with TDD spectrum. With our help, the operators can meet and exceed the expectations of mobile broadband customers.”

In a further development, NSN is launching a high-capacity TD-LTE baseband system module for its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station product family that can deliver up to 5 Gbps of peak throughput from a single site. The enhanced Flexi Multiradio System Module is the industry’s highest capacity TD-LTE baseband. This means that operators can roll out TD-LTE networks with fewer base stations and fewer sites, saving up to 50 percent in capital expenses and operational costs. The module features integrated transport technology, removing the need for additional hardware for connecting to transport networks. IPsec security is also built in, providing a secure tunnel between the base station and core network to protect traffic from eavesdropping, unauthorized access or distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

Featuring the industry’s highest processing power, the System Module can run a variety of TD-LTE-Advanced software. These include Transmit Mode 9 (TM9) for high user throughput, Carrier Aggregation, and NSN’s Smart Scheduler features, all of which boost site capacity from a single compact unit.

To learn more about NSN portfolio launches, network operators, customers, press and analysts are welcome to visit NSN’s Experience Center in Hall 3, 3B10 at Mobile World Congress, Fira Gran Via, in Barcelona, Spain.

We invite you to watch a video and follow our advances on http://www.nsn.com/performance, and register for the #NSNperformance webinar series starting on March 13, 2014.

For updates during the event, follow @NSNtweets on Twitter and join the discussion using #MWC14, #NSNperformance and #LTE. For expert insights, visit our blog at http://blogs.nsn.com/.

About NSN
Nokia Solutions and 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 11.3 billion euros in 2013. NSN is wholly owned by Nokia Corporation.
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Notes
Read more about NSN’s earlier speed records:

  •     During MWC 2012, NSN achieved data speeds exceeding 1.4 Gbps using LTE-Advanced on 100 MHz of aggregated LTE FDD spectrum.
  •     During CTIA 2012, NSN achieved a speed record of 1 Gbps by aggregating 60 MHz of LTE TDD spectrum.
  •     At a live demonstration during China Information Technology show in Beijing in June 2012, NSN achieved a record of 1.3 Gbps using 60 MHz of aggregated LTE TDD spectrum and config 2 of 3GPP specification.
  •     In July 2012, NSN replicated the record of 1.3 Gbps with 60 Mhz of aggregated LTE TDD spectrum in the US, but this time with four streams of MU-MIMO uplink and using config 1 of 3GPP specification.
  •     Next, NSN pushed the limits of 4G technology by achieving 1.6 Gbps throughput with 60 MHz of aggregated LTE TDD spectrum using an 8-pipe radio module in the USA.
  •     In June 2013, NSN set a record of 56 Mbps for TD-LTE peak upload throughput with multiple antenna technology and a single 20 MHz carrier.
  •     NSN recently showcased a 1.3 Gbps speed record with Sprint using TD-LTE.
  •     In Europe, NSN demonstrated the world’s 1st TD-LTE Authorized Shared Access (ASA) trial that paves the way for future 5G networks.

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