T-Mobile Austria to improve customer experience and reduce its impact on the environment

Awards Nokia Siemens Networks a contract to modernize its 3G network

(PresseBox) ( Vienna, Austria / Espoo, Finland, )
T-Mobile Austria is set to halve the energy consumption of its network as it improves the voice and mobile broadband experience for its subscribers. The operator has signed on Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize its 3G radio access network by mid-2010.

"What better way to upgrade than with a commitment to preserve our future," said Christian Laqué, Executive Vice President for Networks at T-Mobile Austria. "Nokia Siemens Networks' Flexi Multiradio Base Station prepares our network for Next Generation of Mobile Networks (NGMN) and delivers a completely new end user experience, while reducing our overall energy consumption - creating a win-win situation for everyone."

As part of the project, Nokia Siemens Networks will conduct a nationwide deployment of its energy efficient and award winning Flexi Multiradio Base Station* allowing T-Mobile Austria to reduce its carbon footprint by as much as 2,500 tons per year, or the amount comparable to CO2 emissions from up to 250 households**.

The unique modular design of the Flexi Base Station - it is only 20% of the size and weight of a conventional base station - minimizes the carbon emissions generated during transportation and installation. The Flexi Base Station has been developed to work without the need for external air conditioning, typically bringing a 30% reduction in site energy consumption. Its footprint is further diminished by the fact that the Flexi Base Station, which is LTE ready, can be upgraded via remote software downloads.

In the future, once Next Generation of Mobile Networks is deployed, end-users will be able to experience mobile broadband like never before. Users will experience an instant improvement in the speed of browsing, email, video sharing, music downloads and many more applications..

"Our energy efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station is a complete solution offering for operators across markets ensuring excellent end user experience with top service quality and network performance," said Manfred Kilga of Nokia Siemens Networks, who is in charge of business with T-Mobile Austria. "It's easy to deploy, it perfectly works for 3G and it's ready for Next Generation of Mobile Networks, which means it needs only a software upgrade to move on along the future evolution path, and it helps keep operating expenditure in check."

Under this project, Nokia Siemens Networks Services team is implementing 2,500 base stations nationwide on a tight schedule, and is also focused on ensuring that the subscriber services continue uninterrupted and the quality of experience remains high since the modernization is being carried out on a live network. Nokia Siemens Networks is also providing T-Mobile with the NetAct network management system to monitor, manage and optimize the network to ensure high-quality services.

About T-Mobile Austria

With over 3.4 million customers, T-Mobile Austria has established itself as a successful driving force on the Austrian mobile communications market. Customer service is at the heart of the company's ethos. In developing its projects and solutions, T-Mobile emphasizes user-friendliness founded upon technological progress and development. The company's international outlook allows T-Mobile customers to benefit from a wide range of products and services, both at home and abroad, which can be used internationally as well as on the domestic network. T-Mobile Austria is a subsidiary of T-Mobile International, the mobile communications arm of Deutsche Telekom AG, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies.


* Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Multiradio Base Station opens a smooth evolution path from 2G and 3G to LTE with just a software upgrade needed. Building on the company's market leading Flexi platform, the software definable Flexi Multiradio Base Station enables to run GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA/HSPA+ and LTE concurrently in a single unit. With the lowest energy consumption in the market the Flexi Base Station also underpins Nokia Siemens Networks' commitment to environmentally sustainable solutions for radio access networks. The Flexi Multiradio Base Station was recognized as the world's most progressive mobile network technology at the annual GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2009, held at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It also won the 4th Annual CTIA Emerging Technology Award in the Green Network Hardware and Infrastructure Category at CTIA Wireless 2009.

**Household emissions based on about 10 tons of CO2 annually
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