Panasonic Mobile Communications Co. Ltd. and Nokia Siemens Networks have agreed to cooperate on LTE base station products. The companies jointly responded to the request by Japan's biggest mobile operator NTT DoCoMo Inc. for its Super 3G (LTE) Base Station project, and Panasonic Mobile Communications has been selected as a supplier.
The company has been involved with the standardization and development of elements of LTE technology, which is the next generation system for mobile networks like GSM, W-CDMA/HSPA and CDMA, from the early stage. Likewise, Nokia Siemens Networks was the first to demonstrate LTE technology in 2006 with data speeds in the 160 Mb/s range, and the first to demonstrate a handover between LTE and HSPA in 2007.
Nobuyoshi Ito, director and member of the board of Panasonic Mobile Communications, stated, "We will collaborate on LTE development, and also leverage both companies' capabilities to deliver high quality and timely solutions that meet operators' requirements in a cost-efficient way."
Ari Lehtoranta, head of radio access, Nokia Siemens Networks, replied, "We are extremely proud to cooperate with Panasonic Mobile Communications and NTT DoCoMo on the development of LTE. This collaboration is a significant step for us and underpins our commitment to the technologically advanced Japanese market."