KT Taps Nokia Siemens Networks for LTE

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South Korea-based KT has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as one of its LTE mobile broadband infrastructure and services vendors, Nokia Siemens Networks announced Friday.

KT, formerly known as Korea Telecom, is planning to reuse CDMA spectrum in the 1.8GHz band and offer its customers nationwide LTE service by the middle of the year, NSN said.

Nokia Siemens Networks is supplying KT its 1.8 GHz LTE radio equipment, including its Flexi Multiradio Base Stations, and providing network integration and commissioning services. The Finland-based telecommunications infrastructure and services company also said its NetAct operations support system will allow it to effectively monitor, manage and optimize KT's LTE network.

"Re-use of spectrum has become all the more vital due to its limited availability and the increasing use of smartphones and rich applications," said Paul Tyler, head of Asia Pacific region at Nokia Siemens Networks, in a statement. "Spectrum re-farming is emerging as a viable option for operators looking to better allocate existing spectrum cost efficiently and provide next-generation LTE services that offer a better customer experience."

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