KDDI opts for LTE core network from Hitachi, Nortel

3 Dec 2008

Japan’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers KDDI has opted to roll out a next generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network using a core platform supplied by Hitachi, working in partnership with Nortel Networks. The vendors’ new LTE solution will overlay KDDI’s existing CDMA mobile network allowing the cellco to offer its 30 million or so subscribers access to even faster, bandwidth hungry multimedia content and applications. Hitachi and Nortel say the new system will also help KDDI to reduce operating costs by ensuring seamless interoperability with its current 3G CDMA 1x EV-DO network. The tender award includes the deployment of a new Evolved Packet Core (EPC) from Hitachi, featuring Nortel Networks’ new Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) access gateway as a Mobility Management Entity (MME) as well as an evolution to KDDI’s existing operation, management and provisioning system to ensure a seamless upgrade path to the new network.

Japan, Hitachi, KDDI (au), Nortel Networks