TELECOM EQUIPMENT FIRM Nokia-Siemens announced that it has installed 30 commercial trials of next generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.
The company recently won a contract with Finnish mobile operator Elisa to supply LTE gear and is in a increasingly competitive tendering battle with mobile operators around the globe. It is up against a number of competitors, including traditional rival Ericsson and relative newcomers, Huawei and ZTE.
LTE networks are more commonly referred to as 4th generation (4G) mobile networks. The networks are being built to offer even more bandwidth to mobile devices, even though most users have trouble getting a 3G signal, let alone saturate the theoretical bandwidth limit that the third generation standard provides.
Nevertheless, Nokia-Siemens is keen to advertise that it is in talks with 15 top-tier mobile operators around the globe. A spokesperson for the firm was happy to admit his surprise at the interest shown by mobile operators to shell out on LTE networks, given that the limits of 3G are hardly being pushed, saying, "it's unbelievable how the momentum is growing."
Perhaps mobile operators' interest is a sign that they have finally recouped the inflated prices they paid a decade ago for 3G licenses by fleecing the public with scandalous tariffs that charge inordinate amounts for pitiful data quotas. Now LTE offers them another opportunity to re-use marketing terms such as "next generation" and "blisteringly fast Internet" to justify further price increases.
Nokia-Siemens has flogged its LTE kit to 12 operators and is hoping get a few more on board, though consumer roll-out is some way off. µ