Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has won a contract from Singaporean fixed and mobile operator StarHub to upgrade its mobile networks with Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadband infrastructure, re-farming its 1800MHz GSM band to carry the new 4G services. In the initial launch phase StarHub says it is looking to cover a number of key business areas – the Singapore Changi Airport, Marina Bay, Suntec, and Shenton Way – by the end of this year. As part of the modernisation plan, NSN is installing equipment that will help StarHub to reduce power consumption on its GSM network by up to half, it said. StarHub CEO Neil Montefiore said: ‘We are constantly looking at ways to provide our subscribers the greatest mobile broadband experience, and Nokia Siemens Networks has the best solutions for it. With the launch of LTE, we will be able to increase our data capacity and offer improved speeds. We have also been looking to modernise our GSM network for some time and with the Nokia Siemens Networks Single RAN platform, we’ll be able to do that efficiently while building the LTE network.’
Under the contract NSN will supply the operator with its Single RAN platform, which utilises compact Flexi Multiradio Base Stations that will enable it to run GSM and LTE concurrently in the 1800MHz band. The vender is also providing its Evolved Packet Core platform including Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway) products, and software for customer experience management solutions, it said.