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[Press Release] Start planning towards 100G, says Nokia Siemens Networks

Malaysia – 10 May, 2011 Malaysian network operators must start planning for 100G, for the benefit of consumers and businesses, as demand for bandwidth across industries is expected to continue surging throughout 2011 and beyond, according to Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN).

The leading global enabler of telecommunications technologies said this as it rounded up the year’s key challenges and trends, in its 2011 customer kick-off event, “The Road To 100G”, which was held recently in Kuala Lumpur. Hot industry issues raised by operators including network congestion and the continued explosion of data consumption, which had been given prominence during the 2011 Mobile World Congress, were discussed in the four-day event.

“The speed of change that’s occurring in the telecommunications landscape has initiated a wave of change upon network operators the world over, including here,” said Dharmesh Malhothra, Sub-Regional Head for Asia South and Country Head for Malaysia, Nokia Siemens Networks. “The flipside to the numerous challenges and conundrums that operators face now, is the presence of a number of key opportunities that they can leverage on.

“Customer satisfaction and network quality were easily the hottest topics during the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which was held in February. NSN is well-positioned to help them enhance and optimize their available solutions, as they continue to free up resources to put greater focus on their core business of satisfying customers”, he continued.

The key issues and trends outlined include:

  • A plethora of new devices unveiled by handset makers featuring rich-data heavy applications such video calling by the likes of LG, HTC, Sony Ericsson, Samsung.
  • Network congestion to become a key concern due to continued growth of smartphones

  • Not all mobile data is profitable – when data traffic growth is much higher than data revenue growth1
  • The explosive growth of tablets such as Apple’s iPad 2, Motorola Xoom and the Blackberry Playbook, all of which are expected to be sold in large numbers. Frost & Sullivan expects 45 to 50 million tablets to be shipped in 2011 alone
  • Migration to “4G” / LTE is underway as mitigation of network congestion is now more crucial than ever

  • Network infrastructure transitions to All-IP networks, allowing far greater applications to be possible.

Nokia Siemens Networks have continued to push the boundaries of the industry and over the past few months, have notched up win after win in delivering and optimizing the best telecommunications solutions.

A snapshot of the latest announcements:

  • Demonstrated how FlexiGrid* technology can upgrade optical transport networks to 400Gbps (gigabits per second) and conducted the industry’s first trial of 400G data transmission over single mode fiber at a distance of over 600km.
  • Succesfully conducted 100Gbps interoperability testing between Optical Transport Network (OTN) equipment and the routers with Juniper and is expected to be commercially rolled out in later this year.
  • The FTTH (Fibre to the home) Council Europe has presented Nokia Siemens Networks with a Technology Innovation Award for its Next Generation Optical Access (NGOA) technology which allows a single optical fiber to bring broadband to up to 1000 homes at speeds of 1 gigabit per second per household.
  • Launched “Liquid Radio”, a new architecture for mobile networks which is able to direct mobile broadband capacity to where it is needed most.

A recent study2 by Nokia Siemens Networks revealed that customer experience was found to be the highest driver among CSPs with 27% ranking it as a top focus. 18% were also found to be looking into new revenue sources and 14% were being driven by business areas beyond telecoms.

Among South East Asian CSPs, the key emerging trends for the next 3 years resonate with these findings which see an added emphasis being placed on enhancing user experience across the board. Operators will also shift towards consolidating subscriber data in one place which will make it easier for operators to solve network issues via automated actions and smarter analytics.

“Every 1,000 new broadband connections yields 80 new jobs, while each 10% increase in broadband penetration translates to a 1% increase in GDP, according to several industry sources” explained Dharmesh.

Nokia Siemens Networks continues to call on its customers to strive to provide the best network infrastructure and end-user experience and is optimistic that as this country takes its first steps towards 100G to unlock benefits that cut across all manner of industries and benefit Malaysia as a whole.

Kugan is the co-founder of MalaysianWireless. He has been observing the mobile industry since 2003. Connect with him on Twitter: @scamboy

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