Telecom Lead Spain: Spain’s telecom operator COTA has conducted TD-LTE pilot project thanks to Nokia Siemens Networks.
COTA provides IP-transport services to enterprises and telecom operators.
The Spanish provider of telecom services will deploy TD-LTE network on the licensed 2,6 GHz band to serve the residential market with voice, internet and IP-TV services in Murcia.
The operator plans to launch commercial mobile broadband Internet access service using Nokia Siemens Networks TD-LTE technology by the end of the year.
COTA, in collaboration with Wimax Online, is an example of a local operator with a flexible and efficient business model.
COTA acquired 10 MHz in the 2.6 GHz band auction in the summer of 2011 and immediately began to plan for a service launch.
Wimax Online will benefit from the wholesale LTE access provided by COTA. It will provide DSL-like services in the Murcia region where it is currently not possible to provide fixed-internet connectivity and VoIP. COTA also plans to provide television services through an IPTV-platform in the future.
The deployment marks the first Single Radio Access Network (RAN) TD-LTE project in South Europe, the first Band 38 TD-LTE deployment in Spain, and one of the first 4G networks in South Europe. Using advanced TDD/FDD, Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) techniques and Single RAN TD-LTE is the most cost-effective solution for the acquired band.
“Nokia Siemens Networks understood that the first priority for COTA was to provide best-in-class customer experience for the end users. We put our focus and attention in building flexible Single RAN capacity to meet the growing demand for broadband services in the region of Murcia,” said Miguel Araujo, head of customer teams for Spain and Portugal at Nokia Siemens Networks.