Asia Pac proves lucrative for Nokia Siemens
Asia Pacific is proving a happy hunting ground for Nokia Siemens Networks, with the firm picking up an LTE rollout contract in South Korea, and renewing a managed services agreement in India.
South Korean operator KT today announced Nokia Siemens as one of its LTE rollout partners. The infrastructure firm is set to supply its 1.8GHz LTE radio kit, to aid the carrier in its plan to re-farm spectrum for mobile broadband services, and network integration and commissioning services.
Paul Tyler, NSN’s Asia Pacific head, says spectrum refarming “has become all the more vital due to its limited availability and the increasing use of smartphones and rich applications.”
The operator aims to have 4G services up and running by mid-year.
Separately, Nokia Siemens will continue to provide managed services to Indian carrier Bharti Airtel for the next five years. The infrastructure firm will control Bharti’s 2G and 3G networks in eight Indian regions, and is also set to handle its enterprise-focused internet Wireless Access Network.