KPN Mobile Network Upgrade, Netherlands
Koninklijke PTT Nederland (KPN) is the largest full-service operator in The Netherlands, with around 30,000 employees and operating revenue of approximately €12bn. The company has more than 20 million mobile subscribers worldwide and is the largest mobile and fixed network operator in the Netherlands, ranking in the top 20 telecoms companies worldwide.
In October 2005 KPN acquired Telfort (previously O2 Netherlands) and while joining the two networks to increase their Dutch subscriber base from 5.5 million to 7.5 million learned of Huawei's network expertise.
HSDPA NETWORK IMPLEMENTATION
Telfort was the first company in Europe to recognise Huawei's extensive knowledge and advantages in this area. KPN had already adopted a UMTS network from Ericsson but after taking over Telfort, which had adopted an EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution) to HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology path, decided to unify the two networks with HSDPA technology.
Currently KPN is implementing an HSDPA network in Holland and is also currently rolling out a DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld) network allowing mobile TV through handsets (this is due for market in mid-2007). In addition to providing fixed and mobile services to The Netherlands, KPN also provides mobile services in Belgium and Germany.
In January 2007 Huawei Technologies announced that their circuit and packet switched network equipment has been successfully introduced into KPNs network.
The Huawei mobile softswitch product was selected to expand the capacity of the core network in the Circuit Switched (CS) domain. It is a key section of KPN Mobile's strategy to deliver service to customers through shared radio and core network infrastructure. This is the first commercial deployment of all-IP mobile softswitch network architecture in Europe.
In the Packet Switched (PS) domain, Huawei's high-capacity 2G/3G SGSN is currently carrying KPN Mobile's 2G PS traffic, and 3G traffic will be migrated to this equipment by mid-2007. In addition, Huawei's Gateway GPRS Support Nodes (GGSN) will also be introduced into the KPN Mobile network in the first half of 2007.
The deployment of the Huawei PS equipment will provide KPN with an advanced, high-capacity network onto which next generation IP-based services can be deployed with greater flexibility. A unified 3G/2G core network simplifies KPN's mobile network structure while reducing operation and maintenance costs for its mobile network.
Huawei's high-capacity mobile softswitch equipment can reduce network transmission costs, enabling fast deployment of new applications, and its powerful SGSN/GGSN equipment is well-suited for HSDPA's service traffic.
3G NETWORK STRATEGY
With download speeds comparable to ADSL by introducing HSDPA (3.5G), KPN will give their UMTS network a speed boost. Initially, this will enable maximum download speeds of up to 1.8Mbps, up from the current standard 3G speed of 384kbps. These improvements will also continue; in the future, HSDPA will offer speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.
With HSDPA, customers will be able to surf the internet or access business information and applications just as quickly on the move as at home or in the office. KPN expects this to further stimulate the uptake and adoption of mobile data services, starting initially in the business market.
The new 3.5G broadband network will build on KPN's existing UMTS network, which already offers coverage to more than 70% of the Dutch population. KPN expects this to have risen to more than 90% by the end of 2007 and will then have an HSDPA layer on top of that. Ericsson provided the 3G radio network.
Huawei will provide the unified circuit switched/packet switched core network. While this is the first time that Huawei and KPN have worked together for mobile, both parties are looking forward to a long-term partnership.