Telecom Lead Asia: StarHub, a mobile operator in
Singapore, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as its LTE 4G mobile
broadband infrastructure and services vendor. The operator will refarm its
1800MHz GSM band to carry LTE services.
StarHub’s LTE network will cover business areas such as
the Singapore Changi Airport, Marina Bay, Suntec, and Shenton Way by the end of
Nokia Siemens will modernize StarHub’s GSM network,
helping the operator reduce power consumption generated by network equipment by
up to 50 percent.
We are constantly looking at ways to provide our subscribers
the greatest mobile broadband experience, and Nokia Siemens Networks has the
best solutions for it. With the launch of LTE, we will be able to increase our
data capacity and offer improved speeds. We have also been looking to modernize
our GSM network for some time and with the Nokia Siemens Networks Single RAN
platform, we’ll be able to do that efficiently while building the LTE network,”
said Neil Montefiore, chief executive officer at StarHub.
With spectrum being a scarce resource, it needs to be optimally
utilized. The increasing use of smartphones and data hungry applications is
putting a huge pressure on existing spectrum making refarming a viable option
for operators,” said Paul Tyler, head of Asia Pacific region at Nokia Siemens
Nokia Siemens will provide StarHub its Single RAN
platform, built around the compact, energy efficient Flexi Multiradio Base
Station, which will enable StarHub to run GSM and LTE concurrently on the 1800
The company will provide Evolved Packet Core platform
including Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway). Nokia
Siemens will also provide software for personalized customer experience
management, including Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF)
and One-NDS subscriber data management (SDM).