Nokia Solutions and Networks has won a new contract with US mobile operator Sprint as one of its equipment vendors for the deployment of TDD-LTE across its 2.5GHz spectrum, which will increase its high-speed data capacity as part of the operator’s large-scale US roll-out.
Under the contract, NSN will implement its TDD LTE radio solution using its latest LTE-Advanced-ready software capabilities and NetAct network management system. NSN will also provide professional services.
NSN’s TDD LTE Radio solution features the company’s Flexi Multiradio 10 base station using high capacity baseband platform and high bandwidth TDD LTE 8-pipe radio, which combined together will provide industry leading speed and performance to end consumers, the company said.
Bob Azzi, senior vice president of network operations for Sprint, said: “As we enhance our network, we need not only a return on our invested capital, but also a partner with proven TDD LTE leadership, innovation and commercialisation expertise. NSN is an ideal vendor for our deployment, which will provide our customers with increased speeds and capacity in densely populated cities. We are excited to showcase what the future might hold through a live demonstration of TDD LTE Advanced with NSN’s commercial base station.”
The demonstration that NSN – which claims to be the holder of the world speed record – is conducting at Sprint’s facility in Burlingame shows a downlink throughput of 1.3Gbps. NSN is using its commercial Flexi Multiradio 10 base station, which includes a TDD LTE 8-pipe radio module for the lab demonstration.
“Our aim is to help our customers drive a superior mobile broadband experience with the latest innovations,” said Rick Corker, executive vice president and president of North America for NSN. “NSN has a track record of delivering TDD LTE solutions, which have proven their worth time and again with tier one operators around the world.
“Our demonstration with Sprint at its lab is yet another testament to NSN’s TDD LTE expertise. We are delighted to provide Sprint with proven technology that will further enhance its goal of delivering a quality mobile broadband experience to its U.S. subscribers.”
Alcatel-Lucent has also been awarded a contract for part of Sprint's TDD-LTE roll out.
See: Alcatel-Lucent awarded TDD-LTE contract by US mobile carrier Sprint