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Henan Mobile successfully conducts China's first Direct Tunnel trial

Ties up with Nokia Siemens Networks to deliver an improved 3G data communications experience

(PresseBox) (Beijing/China, ) Following its 3G TD-SCDMA launch and resultant explosion in mobile data usage, China Mobile Group Henan Company Limited (Henan Mobile) is working with Nokia Siemens Networks to successfully conduct China's first Direct Tunnel trial. Direct Tunnel based on the existing packet core delivers an improved 3G data communications experience. Thanks to its flat IP architecture it also provides the operator with reduced operating costs. After the successful results of the trial, Henan Mobile plans to commercially deploy the solution in the near future.

Direct Tunnel, as the name suggests, allows data traffic to bypass the packet core network's control node and move directly through the network. Not only does this reduce operation and maintenance expenses of the network, but it makes scaling with increased traffic much easier. Furthermore, Nokia Siemens Networks' Direct Tunnel is key to operators' network evolution, providing the first step towards the flat architecture that will be used in the next generation of mobile networks.

"As China opens up to the benefits of 3G technology, subscribers will demand ever increasing bandwidth," said Petri Pöyhönen, Head of Converged Internet Connectivity at Nokia Siemens Networks. "In such a scenario, operators need an efficient and simplified architecture to cost efficiently deliver the increased traffic volumes. Our Direct Tunnel technology simplifies the network architecture and also significantly reduces OPEX."

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With more than 250 customers worldwide, Nokia Siemens Networks is the innovation leader in packet core. Its industry-leading Direct Tunnel development is an important step towards the flat architecture of LTE. As part of its Mobile Broadband Internet Access solution, the company has driven the standardization of Direct Tunnel innovation right up to the delivery of the industry's first commercial solution in 2007. In fact today, Nokia Siemens Networks has over 50 Direct Tunnel customers in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia-Pacific. Of these deployments more than 20 are in commercial use, with the first deployments operational for more than a year now.