The company estimates that by 2015, 5 billion people from all over the world will be connected, most of them using broadband, while the data traffic volume will increase 100 fold. “We have built a solution that can face the technological and commercial challenges of the future, without forcing operators to go through new technologies ‘overnight’,” said Dragos Chivu, country director at Nokia Siemens Networks Romania. Chivu said that over the coming period he would invite telecom operators Orange, Vodafone, Cosmote and RCS&RDS to test the solution.
“I think only operators can answer the question of when the commercial launch of an LTE service will take place. From a technological point of view, 2011 is not an impossible launch date in Romania,” said the director. He added that the first LTE handsets could appear on the local market in February 2010, since the national telecom regulator (the National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications of Romania) has announced new a frequency spectrum, which could allow for the appearance of a new operator on the market.