“LTE is the super-fast mobile broadband technology that we are able to deliver today. It helps operators address the challenge of growing data traffic. We’re driving the introduction of LTE through our collaboration with leading device vendors, such as LG, and by providing a smooth and cost-efficient transition path to LTE via a software upgrade only.”” said Marc Rouanne, head of Network Systems, Nokia Siemens Networks.

Nokia Siemens Networks and LG Electronics have achieved an LTE downlink data transfer rate of 100 Mbps, the maximum speed for a Class 3 LTE terminal.

In LTE, user equipment is categorized into classes based on its potential uplink and downlink data rates. Class 3 terminals are expected to be the first widely used commercial LTE terminals when they are launched later in 2010.

Nokia Siemens Networks and LG continue to work on testing LTE in other frequency bands and to improve performance. In addition to initiatives at its R&D centers, Nokia Siemens Networks has deployed a number of LG’s terminals in its live over-the-air field test network in the Espoo area of Finland, using real-life mobility scenarios.

For communications services providers, LTE solution brings an efficient and flexible usage of frequency bandwidth, as well as a simplification of network architecture. The LTE enables users to gain significant cost cuts in shared traffic volume, which will allow operators to offer fixed Internet subscriptions on a monthly basis, according to Dragos Chivu, country director of Siemens Networks Romania.

In Romania, NSN is present at the chain of six largest telecom operators in the local market, as well as in a roster of public projects.