Siemens Communications will be integrating FLASH-OFDM(R)(Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) technology into its portfolio of mobile broadband solutions. Siemens and Flarion Technologies, the architect of the FLASH-OFDM mobile broadband system, have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on products for the 450 MHz frequency band. Under the terms of the agreement, Flarion will develop the basic 450 MHz-band equipment according to Siemens' specifications. By the second quarter of 2005, Siemens will be offering an end-to-end solution for FLASH-OFDM, complete with systems integration services.
In many countries, the 450 MHz frequency band had been occupied by analog mobile telephony. The introduction of digital mobile communication has freed up this frequency band again. Siemens research found that particularly mobile operators in Eastern Europe who do not hold UMTS licenses are looking for an affordable mobile broadband solution for the 450 MHz band. The solution from Flarion and Siemens will meet this need.
FLASH-OFDM is a proprietary cellular broadband technology for data services that was developed by Flarion. It enables mobile wireless applications even while the user is traveling at high speeds, such as in a train. The IP (Internet Protocol) interfaces in FLASH-OFDM enable operators to offer their enterprise customers access to their LANs (Local Area Networks) and paves the way for consumers to enjoy the benefits of the mobile Internet.
"Frequency bands are one of the most valuable assets for mobile operators. The FLASH-OFDM solution from Flarion and Siemens will support our customers in very quickly and affordably utilizing available frequency bands," said Christoph Caselitz, the President of the Mobile Networks Division at Siemens Communications. "Together with WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) for nomadic wireless services and HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) for demanding premium users, FLASH-OFDM is an outstanding complement to our portfolio of mobile broadband solutions."
"This partnership between Siemens and Flarion brings a new dimension to mobile communications for those operators evaluating the path to all-IP broadband services within the 450 MHz band," said Ray Dolan, Chairman and CEO of Flarion Technologies. "Siemens has the global presence and experience to open up new and exciting markets to the benefit of operators and their customers."
FLASH-OFDM systems enable users traveling at speeds of up to 250 kilometers per hour to utilize data services at average downlink speeds of 1 to 1.5 megabits per second, capable of bursting to 3.2 megabits per second in individual cases. The uplink typically offers users an average experience of 300 - 500 kilobits per second, bursting to 900 kilobits per second. With latency of only 50 milliseconds, the system is extremely well suited for enterprise or interactive applications. FLASH-OFDM offers outstanding spectral efficiency and scalability, and provides an air interface for enterprise-class IP services. Because the broadband technology can be so easily deployed, it offers an affordable price-performance ratio.