NSN signs carrier aggregation and CDN deals in Asia

The low penetration in Asia-Pacific is due to its broad, diverse and fragmented make-up

Network infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks has announced two deals in the Asia-Pacific region. It has delivered multi-band carrier aggregation technology to Taiwan Mobile and signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese content and application delivery solutions provider ChinaCache.

The Finnish firm has supplied its Liquid Radio and Liquid Core technology to the Taiwanese operator and will also deploy LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation technology, combining the 700MHz and 1800MHz spectrum bands, to increase bandwidth and network performance.

According to NSN, Taiwan Mobile has focused on using the 700MHz band to deploy LTE coverage as it has been harmonised across several Asia-Pacific markets as well as Latin American markets.

But while the band is suitable for providing indoor cell and rural area coverage, the operator is providing additional capacity using the 1800MHz band to aggregate the two frequencies and better serve high density areas.

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Taiwan Mobile is the country’s second placed operator, tied with rival FarEasTone with 7.2 million subscribers as of December 2013, according to Informa’s WCIS. Chunghwa Telecom is the market leader with 10.6 million subscribers according to the service.“NSN is now the sole supplier of Taiwan Mobile’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks,” said Markus Borchert, president of NSN Greater China region. “With our innovative carrier aggregation solution and network planning and optimization services, the operator can combine its spectrum for significantly increased data throughput and an unmatched customer experience.”

The deal with ChinaCache sees the two firms undertaking to jointly develop next generation mobile content delivery solutions using NSN’s Liquid Applications technology. NSN said the technology will enable content to be delivered directly from LTE base stations, which results in faster data throughput and can also translate into improved customer experience.

The Liquid Applications will boost ChinaCache’s current offering with features such as improved location capabilities, awareness of user behaviour, and real-time adaptation to network conditions, said NSN.

“Cooperating with ChinaCache on the next generation of mobile CDN technology will open up the opportunity for unprecedented subscriber experience while allowing mobile operators to introduce new business models,” said Borchert.


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