The big news from Mobile World Congress yesterday was Dick Lynch, the CTO of Verizon, talking about the companies that will help it to initially roll out LTE in the US. And Nokia Siemens Networks is among them.
Mr. Lynch was on stage with our CEO, Simon Beresford-Wylie at the time. This allowed Simon to emphasise in his keynote that we are pleased to be able to take IMS into a commercial LTE network in the US, but will also keep looking at further opportunities to help Verizon make broadband mobile – via LTE – a reality.
It’s great to be selected in a leading LTE deployment like this, and complements our work, with Panasonic, to deliver the LTE radio network for NTT DoCoMo and with Fujitsu to deliver their LTE core.
LTE has been a real dominant theme emerging from this year’s MWC. Unlike 3G, which had years of hype and then an initial failure to deliver, LTE seems to be creeping up on us with more stealth. My view is that people will be enjoying a far faster mobile broadband experience sooner than they imagine.
So with Japan and the US seeming to take a lead here, how long before we see similar commitments made to LTE deployment in Europe?