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Telefonica deploys Nokia centralised RAN technology to enhance mobile broadband in Spain
Announced Date: 6/2/2016 Published Date: 6/3/2016

Nokia announced that Telefonica, which serves 322 million accesses in 21 countries worldwide, has deployed its centralised RAN and small cells technologies to enhance mobile broadband services for Football fans at Valencia's Mestalla Stadium.

The Nokia centralised RAN solution is designed to meet high traffic demands and deliver increased uplink throughput at venues and events, complemented by Nokia's Flexi Zone small cell products, Flexi Lite base stations and global services to enable improved coverage and capacity, both indoors and outdoors.

Deployed at the Mestalla Stadium, which can hold over 50,000 spectators, the Nokia centralised RAN solution is designed to help Telefonica address network congestion by combining multiple base stations that can operate together to transform interference into useful traffic. The technology is claimed to increase average uplink capacity in existing LTE networks to accelerate upload and download speeds and boost battery life as mobile devices do not need to transmit at high power to combat interference.

The Nokia centralised RAN is based on its Flexi Multiradio 10 base station and can be implemented over existing LTE networks, with no requirement for additional network elements, while Nokia Flexi Zone small cells and Flexi Lite base stations provide enhanced capacity and coverage in hot spots inside and outside the stadium.

Recently, Nokia and Telefónica Chile announced they had completed what was claimed to be the largest indoor small cell deployment to meet 3G and 4G data demands of users at the Costanera shopping centre in Santiago, Chile. The Nokia solution was based on its Flexi Zone indoor Pico BTS and the Flexi Zone Micro BTS solutions.

Earlier in the year, Nokia announced it had been selected to transform Telefonica’s network using its IP core and virtualised router technology under a project designed to meet growing demand for data and HD video and also provide the foundation for delivering ultra HD video, cloud, 5G and IoT services. For the project Nokia was to deploy its IP product portfolio, including its 7950 XRS core router and VSR - Route Reflector (VSR-RR), part of its IP router virtualisation portfolio.