Finnish vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has revealed that it has worked with Spain’s Consortium of Advanced Telecommunications (COTA) and Wimax Online on the deployment of what it claims is Spain’s first Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) service in the 2.6GHz band. According to NSN, as part of a pilot project being undertaken ahead of a commercial launch by the end of the year, it has completed what it says is ‘the first Single Radio Access Network (RAN) TD-LTE project in South Europe, the first Band 38 TD-LTE deployment in Spain, and one of the first 4G networks in South Europe’. For its part in the project the vendor provided its Flexi Multiradio Base Station technology, while partner Athonet reportedly provided core network components for COTA. The agreement between COTA and NSN also included the latter’s professional services, it was noted.
COTA was awarded spectrum in the 2.6GHz band in September 2011, paying EUR157 million (USD217 million) for a 10MHz block covering the Murcia region. It is understood that Wimax Online will offer services over COTA’s network under a wholesale access deal.