August 14, 2008

Nokia Siemens Networks and Ubidyne to Cooperate on Active Antenna Solution

Nokia Siemens Networks, an enabler of communications network solutions and services, and Ubidyne, a provider of digital radio technology for the wireless industry, have agreed on cooperation to enhance Nokia Siemens Networks's Flexi Base Station solution with Ubidyne's active antenna product.

The active antenna technology integrates the functionality of active radio frequency parts of a base station and a passive antenna into one enclosure. It is connected to Nokia Siemens Networks's Flexi base station running OBSAI standard interface.

Nokia Siemens Networks claims that the solution based on a platform capable of supporting multiple standards (GSM/WCDMA/LTE/WiMAX) protects operator investment and reduces Opex by decreasing installation, site rental, maintenance and energy costs. Moreover, reduction of power consumption and visible base station equipment benefit living environment ecologically and visually.

The solution is targeted to operators rolling out new 3G or Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks or enhancing their existing 3G networks, and those planning to gradually phase out GSM to make space for WCDMA/LTE.

Tommi Uitto, head of WCDMA product management at Nokia Siemens Networks, said: "Nokia Siemens Networks is a forerunner in providing innovative solutions that bring tangible benefits to operators in form of reduced OPEX and CAPEX and increased performance. Along with this, Ubidyne's technology will add value to our customers as part of our leading Flexi Base Station solution including future features like beam forming. With this innovation we are moving towards future base station concepts, in which active antennas are one architecture option."

Ken Hawk, CEO of Ubidyne, said: "We believe our innovative active antenna product and Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Base Station make a strong match that will meet the needs of operators seeking to invest to the future and gain immediate benefits through reduced costs."