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Telstra to begin LTE trials in May

(PresseBox) (Espoo, ) Telstra has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks to conduct trials of Long Term Evolution (LTE) in May to assess the technology's capability and performance as the nextgeneration evolution for the Next G(TM) network.

Michael Rocca, Telstra's acting chief operations officer, said the trials will help Telstra understand how the new technology will work with the operator's Next G(TM) network.

"LTE is globally acknowledged as the dominant nextgeneration technology for mobile technology", said Rocca. "It will be an important evolution for the Next G(TM) network in due course because it will give consumers access to higher speeds while giving Telstra the capacity to serve an increasing number of customers and applications."

"Wireless technology has been advancing in great strides in recent years and LTE is the next big step beyond 3G," said Kalevi Kostiainen, head of the Australia and New Zealand region at Nokia Siemens Networks. "Through the advancement in technology that LTE brings, this will in turn enhance the user experience for many Australians as the number of wireless broadband users continues to grow. Nokia Siemens Networks are delighted to be working with Telstra in trialling LTE."

Telstra will spend the next three to six months testing the feasibility and technical capability of LTE for future commercialization. Nokia Siemens Networks is the leader in LTE technology, being the first to enable commercial LTE calls and handovers, fully in line with the 3GPP Release 8 March 2009 baseline standard.* In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks is trialling with a large number of customers globally and has already secured nine commercial LTE contracts.

November 2006: Nokia Siemens Networks conducted the World's first LTE demo with handover to HSPA at the ITU world congress in Hong Kong

December 2007: Nokia Siemens Networks made the World's first multiuser field trial under realistic urban deployment conditions in Berlin (http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com/press/press-releases/ten-times-faster-mobile-broadband-data-rates-step-closer-reality)

September 2008: Nokia Siemens Networks started industry First shipping of LTE base station hardware to customers (http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com/press/press-releases/nokia-siemens-networks-ships-lte-base-station-hardware)

November 2008: Nokia Siemens Networks conducted the world's first demonstration of LTE-Advanced Relaying technology (http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com/press/press-releases/nokia-siemens-networks-peers-ultra-fast-future-groundbreaking-mobile-broadband)

September 2009: Nokia Siemens Networks made the world's first LTE call using commercial base station and fully standard compliant software (3GPP Rel 8 March 09 baseline) (http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com/press/press-releases/world%E2%80%99sfirstltecallcommercialsoftware)

October 2009: Nokia Siemens Networks made the world's first LTE handover test using a commercially available base station and fully standards compliant software (3GPP Rel 8 March 09 baseline). (http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com/press/press-releases/first-lte-handover-test-completed-software-compliant-commercial-standard-baseli)

November 2009: Efficient, seamless TD-LTE coverage now a reality. Nokia Siemens Networks conducted the world's first TD-LTE data calls fully standard compliant LTE software (March 2009 baseline of 3GPP Rel.8 standard). in its R&D Centre in Hangzhou (http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com/press/press-releases/efficient-seamless-td-lte-coverage-now-reality)

December 2009: Nokia Siemens Networks rings up another first in LTE with 3GPP standardized voice calls. Successful IMScompliant voice calls and SMS messaging using standardized LTE equipment marks an important step towards commercial voice over LTE deployments (http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com/press/press-releases/nokia-siemens-networks-rings- anotherfirstlte-3gppstandardizedvoicecalls)

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