Hutchison 3G Austria prepares for high speed mobile broadband future

Increased network capacity enabled by Nokia Siemens Networks to allow compelling multimedia and data services

(PresseBox) ( Vienna, Austria / Espoo, Finland, )
As the demand for mobile broadband services is growing continuously Hutchison 3G Austria subscribers look to exploit a range of new services such as video on demand. Nokia Siemens Networks is increasing the overall capacity of the operator's mobile broadband network with microwave backhaul technology to efficiently handle the expected rise in mobile data traffic.

Microwave backhaul provides the link between individual mobile base stations and the rest of an operator's network using a line of sight radio link, as opposed to a fixed cable or optical fiber. Hutchison 3G Austria has extended its existing contract with Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize its microwave radio network, to enable ultra high-speed downloads and prepare for a completely new mobile broadband experience in the future, once Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology rolls out.

"Mobile Internet access is driving our growth and we want to continue to ride the wave," said Jan Trionow, CTO of Hutchison 3G Austria. "Nokia Siemens Networks will help us turbo charge data download rates in the mobile broadband network. This enables our customers to surf the web even faster and more effectively than using fixed line connection. Additionally we are now in a better position to offer new services like video on demand to the subscribers of Hutchison 3G Austria."

As the sole supplier of the operator's microwave network, Nokia Siemens Networks is in an ideal position to maximize performance of the current installed base and will build extra capacity in the existing network via Carrier Ethernet upgrades and all-IP backhauling. This will allow very high download speeds, with an option of delivering up to 155 Mbps once the operator migrates its network to LTE. Nokia Siemens Networks all-IP backhaul solution will make the transport network ready for LTE.

"Having long standing business relationship with H3G Austria we know the architecture of their network by heart. Therefore we have the experience and established processes to smoothly handle their transition to future technologies," said Dietmar Appeltauer, Head of Central East Europe at Nokia Siemens Networks. "What's more, given the easy integration with existing elements of the network we can keep new expansions simple and cost efficient."

The Nokia Siemens Networks mobile backhaul solution comprising microwave radio and Carrier Ethernet transport is optimized for carrying vast amounts of packet traffic in 2G, 3G, WiMax and LTE networks in a cost efficient manner, while ensuring lowest possible latency and synchronization.

To ensure that the operator can monitor, manage and optimize the whole network in a simple way, the microwave element management will be integrated with the NetAct network management system. Also, Nokia Siemens Networks' implementation team will provide a smooth installation and commissioning for a timely launch.

Nokia Siemens Networks has enjoyed a long standing relationship with Hutchison 3G Austria that dates back to 2002.

About 3:

Hutchison 3G Austria GmbH started in May 2003 with the brand 3 as the first sole mobile multi media provider in Austria. 3 offers multimedia products such as mobile television, music, video calling on the UMTS-handset and in addition provides the classic ways of communication (voice calling, SMS and MMS) and as well mobile broadband. 3 has enriched its offer with popular internet services such as Facebook, Google and eBay on every 3mobile and moreover Skype and Windows Live Messenger on selected 3mobile phones. Furthermore 3 provides more than 50 mobileTV and radio channels via UMTS- streaming and via DVB-H on 3mobiles as well on 3data modems. Hutchison 3G Austria GmbH counts 773.000 customers (as per August 2009), 25,3 Mio. customers worldwide, and is wholly owned by Hutchison Whampoa Limited in Hong Kong.
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