Indian telecoms begin trials of new base stations from Nokia Siemens

Indian telecom operators (telecoms) have begun trials of All in One base station, Flexi compact base station (GSM) and Flexi Lite base station (3G) from Nokia Siemens Networks.

Nokia Siemens Networks, which is focusing on providing mobile broadband solutions, will launch these networking products in both Indian and global telecom markets in end 2013 or early 2014.

Recently, the company showcased these products in Delhi and Mumbai for its telecom operator customers.

These networking products are part of Nokia Siemens’ Technology Vision 2020.

As per its Technology Vision 2020, Nokia Siemens is implementing an innovation approach to enable mobile broadband networks to profitably deliver 1 gigabyte of personalized data per user per day by 2020.

“The mobile industry is facing an increase in data demand while needing to boost profitability and personalized experience,” said Amit Marwah, CTO of Nokia Siemens Networks India.

Nokia Siemens to install flexi base stations for Indian telecoms

Nokia Siemens Networks has introduced Liquid Applications, which turns the base station into an intelligent part of the mobile operator’s network to store, process and deliver local content in close proximity to the end user.

The new technology is already capable of crunching one million messages a second, which is close to the data processing volume a network in a country like Finland would need.

Flexi Lite Base Station

Nokia Siemens’ Flexi Lite base station is a small all-in-one base station optimized for outdoor micro-cell environment. The product is based on the flexi multiradio base station platform. The company sees significant demand for such products in India.

Main application of this base station provides fill-in coverage and capacity both outdoors as well as indoors. The base station is small enough to be used as a pico base station in public premises, for e.g. in airports and railway stations.

Nitin Dahiya, head of Mobile Broadband Sales development, India Region, Nokia Siemens Networks, said Indian telecom operators would start investing in small cells in phases. Already, telecom vendors are observing demand for their DAS solutions.

Flexi Compact Base Station

Flexi compact base station is industry’s first single module, 3 sector macro base station with integrated baseband and transport functionalities. With highest level of integration, zero footprint and easy outdoor deployment, the base station offers the most suitable site solution for all coverage and capacity needs.

Nokia Siemens analysis of one UK operator says increasing mobile user satisfaction to the average European level would cut churn rates by 7 percent. And that would translate into a cumulative increase in gross profit over four years of more than GBP 200 million.

Flexi compact base station with its single module, 3-sector design that fits everywhere in rural, urban and hotspot locations for example pole, tower top, and side wall. Lowest possible cost and leanest site infrastructure is achieved with compact single module base station with no need for air condition or shelter.

Based on Nokia Siemens flexi base station platform, it has scalable capacity, lowest power consumption and supports all industry leading features. Co-siting with Flexi Multiradio System Module ensures easy evolution path for future WCDMA/LTE deployments.

“Nokia Siemens topped our base station competitive assessment not only for its outstanding performance in innovation and implementation, but also for its high points all around in each of our categories, achieving best-in-class rank for the essential IP, advanced features, multi-protocol support and LTE RAN contracts criteria,” said Nick Marshall, principal analyst at ABI Research, recently.

Nokia Siemens’ Green telecom focus

In mature markets energy consumption accounts for 10-15 percent of the total network Opex now and can reach even 50 percent in developing markets.

“The focal point for improving energy efficiency is the radio access, which accounts for around 80 percent of all mobile network energy consumption. The energy efficiency that can be achieved by 2020 depends heavily on the pace of network modernization,” said Joachim Ebinger, global head Mobile Broadband Programs, Nokia Siemens, who visited India recently.

To improve energy efficiency massively, Nokia Siemens drives power amplifier innovations, deployment studies for customer networks, industry initiatives and standardization.

Baburajan K
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