Nokia sees explosion in LTE broadband

Nokia claims that the next generation of high-speed mobile broadband is gaining “unbelievable” momentum.

Nokia sees explosion in LTE broadband

The company’s telecoms gear venture, Nokia Siemens Networks, says it’s trialling 30 commercial next generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks globally and is in talks with 15 top-tier operators to build commercial networks.

LTE, which is already live in parts of Scandinavia, is capable of achieving download speeds of 50Mbits/sec and beyond, and threatens to close the gap between mobile and fixed-line broadband speeds.

“It’s unbelievable how the momentum is growing, this is what we are seeing with our customers,” said Thorsten Robrecht, Nokia Siemens’ head of LTE product management.

“There are big customers which I hope to get very soon under contract,” Robrecht said, adding the firm has signed contracts to build 12 commercial LTE networks to date, most of them this year.

Nokia Siemens and industry leader Ericsson have increasingly come up against Chinese newcomers Huawei and ZTE in the global rush to build new LTE networks, also known as 4G.

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