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New high-power WCDMA base station introduced in US
Posted: 20-Jul-2004 [Source: Nokia]

[Nokia's MetroSite 50 BTs is the world's smallest three-sector WCDMA base station and was recently introduced for the US market.]

Nokia announced the newest addition to its portfolio of WCDMA base stations for the U.S. market, the Nokia MetroSite 50 BTS. It is the world's smallest three-sector WCDMA base station whose size and high-power radio frequency performance will offer flexible deployment options in large and small coverage areas. Because of its size, the Nokia MetroSite 50 BTS is a 'siteless' solution that can be installed anywhere, in any environment - outdoors, indoors, on various surfaces, and in different positions. This flexibility will yield up to 30 percent in site and deployment cost savings and will enable operators to build a larger footprint for revenue-generating WCDMA services, like videoconferencing, audio and video streaming, and high-speed corporate services. In addition, designed to follow a 'pay-as-you-evolve' structure, the Nokia MetroSite 50 BTS, once installed, will have low operational expenses and low power consumption. "The Nokia MetroSite 50 BTS enhances our overall WCDMA portfolio delivering the performance and capabilities of macro base stations in micro size," said Mark Louison, senior vice president, North America, Networks, Nokia. "We now have a base station for every type of site, which affords operators, particularly in the United States, maximum flexibility when they deploy WCDMA as an overlay architechture. "U.S. carriers are moving forward with their plans to build and deploy WCDMA networks across the nation, and we are ready to provide them with the equipment and services, as well as intelligent functionalities for GSM/EDGE and WCDMA interworking, they need to do so quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively," said Louison. In addition to the Nokia MetroSite 50 BTS, Nokia's WCDMA BTS portfolio is comprised of the Nokia UltraSite WCDMA BTS Supreme Indoor, Nokia UltraSite WCDMA BTS Optima Compact Outdoor, and the Triple-mode Nokia UltraSite EDGE BTS, which houses GSM, EDGE, and WCDMA technologies in the same cabinet. All of these platforms are HSDPA-ready (high-speed downlink packet access) and simultaneously support both WCDMA and HSDPA traffic, enabling wireless operators the ability to provide simultaneous voice and data sessions, delivering data at broadband speeds. The Nokia WCDMA portfolio for the U.S. market is designed to support both 1900 MHz and 850 MHz bands.

Nokia, a leader in the global WCDMA network infrastructure market, introduced the Nokia MetroSite 50 BTS in mid-June at Nokia's annual Nokia Connection event in Helsinki, Finland.


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