Athonet’s PriMo deployed in Spain’s first TD-LTE 2.6 GHz network

Athonet in partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks, the Consortium of Advanced Telecommunications (COTA) and WIMAX Online bring TD-LTE to Murcia, Spain for one of Europe’s earliest deployments of 2.6GHz TDD technology.
Oct. 16, 2012 - PRLog -- COTA, a new player in Spanish telecoms, in conjunction with Wimax Online has successfully completed the first LTE pilot in the region of Murcia, Spain, based on Athonet’s PriMo LTE Mobile Core Network solution and TD-LTE radio access by Nokia Siemens Networks.  The two companies are to launch commercial broadband internet access services to customers by early fall of this year.  

Athonet’s PriMo solution enables a regional operator to light up one of Europe’s first TD-LTE networks.

COTA, in collaboration with Wimax Online, is one of the best examples of a local operator who is first to the LTE market with a flexible and efficient business model. COTA acquired 10 MHz in the 2.6 GHz band auction in the summer of 2011 and immediately began to plan its field activities, while WIMAX Online will benefit from the wholesale LTE access provided by COTA. They will provide DSL-like services in the Murcia region where access to Internet connections and VoIP, for example, is presently not possible. COTA also plans to provide television services through an IP-TV-platform in the future.

The end-to-end TD-LTE winning solution is based on the innovative cost-efficient complete LTE mobile core network solution provided by Athonet and best in class Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi-BTS technology together with TD-LTE CPEs.

Karim El Malki, Athonet’s CEO, stated “Our PriMo solution demonstrated once more that our customers can be first to the LTE market with a quick-to-deploy user-friendly system that provides high performance, high capacity and high reliability in a cost-efficient way. We’re pleased to work with forward-thinking operators like COTA and Wimax Online who are using LTE to extend high quality cost-efficient IP services to consumers and businesses”.  

About Athonet

Athonet provides a compact, distributed, high performance, transportable Lite Mobile Core Network for UMTS/HSPA, LTE, WiFi and CDMA named PriMo. Its IT-friendly software implementation, unique user control features and simplified management make it the right choice for regional or rural operators but also for small cells (e.g. city hotspots), large enterprises, hospitals, campuses, public safety, oil&gas and smartgrids.

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.

With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 150 countries and had net sales of over 14 billion euros in 2011.

About COTA

COTA is the leading audio-visual telecom operator in the Spanish southeastern region of Murcia, providing IP-transport and broadcasting of Digital TV as well as FM radio services both to public and private broadcasters. COTA also provides IP-transport services to enterprises and telecom operators and is starting its deployment of an TD-LTE network on the licensed 2,6 GHz band to serve the residential market with voice, internet and IP-TV services in the region of Murcia in those areas beyond reach of the more traditional operators.

About WIMAX Online

WIMAX Online is a leading regional WISP serving customers mostly located in rural and remote areas in the region of Murcia providing telephony and Internet access.  WIMAX will now benefit from the increased coverage and throughput capacity under the wholesale LTE access services provided by COTA.
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