Nokia has supported Orange France in launching the High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) services in Toulouse and Bordeaux, and Polish mobile operator Polkomtel in launching its HSDPA network in the Warsaw area.
“HSDPA will offer significant speed and efficiency benefits to us and our customers. We are delighted with the excellent performance of Nokia’s HSDPA solution, which supports us in bringing mobile broadband services to the market,” says Nicolas Roy, Technical Director, Orange France.
In addition to WCDMA 3G and HSDPA infrastructure, Nokia has provided Orange with radio optimization services for optimal HSDPA experience.
“We believe that HSDPA will be yet another improvement to the experience of Orange mobile users, not only in terms of higher bit rates, but also because of a better latency, enhanced usability of current applications and enabling new types of real-time applications, in particular in the enterprise sector. This means, for example, that a typical music song can be downloaded in 20 seconds with HSDPA, while it would last a bit less than two minutes with WCDMA.” says Damien Santé, Account Director, Networks, Nokia.
“We at Polkomtel take pride in offering our customers the best quality and the most advanced services, so upgrading our 3G network to HSDPA was a natural step,” says Thomas Eberle, CTO, Polkomtel. “Rapid rollout capability and technical expertise are extremely valuable when introducing new services to our customers. We have the Nokia WCDMA 3G network, so upgrade to HSDPA only required new software, which allowed us to launch HSDPA services extremely easily and fast.”
Polkomtel and Nokia have worked together since 1996. Nokia supplies the HSDPA under extension of the existing frame agreement for GSM/EDGE and WCDMA 3G, signed in 2005.
In WCDMA 3G, Nokia has 63 customers to date. Nokia HSPA is a simple software upgrade to Nokia WCDMA networks, thus enabling a fast, cost-effective rollout. Nokia HSPA is made up of two key technologies, HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) and HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access), enabling true mobile broadband with data speeds up to 14.4 Mbps in the downlink and up to 5.8 Mbps in the uplink. Nokia HSDPA offers almost 10-times faster data services than current 3G networks.