Leading global telecommunications enabler, Nokia Siemens Networks, is transforming mobile broadband user experience in the Middle East and Africa region with its Long-Term Evolution offering that delivers improved and faster data speeds to support a suite of multimedia and rich call applications.

Nokia Siemens Networks is the first to kick off the LTE road show in Nigeria, Morocco, Bahrain, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi, Arabia and South Africa

The Head, Networks Systems, Middle East and Africa, Nokia Siemens Networks, Mr. Mohamed Abdelrehim said, 'The timing of our road show could not be more opportune. With Nigeria's growing demand and need for mobile broadband, the growth for the country's operators will now come from advanced mobile data service offerings and not basic connectivity.'

LTE is the de-facto evolution path of the 3G mobile standard that is based on a full flat IP architecture and is optimised for data and multimedia traffic.

Having demonstrated the world's first LTE demo with data speeds up to 160 Mb/s, Nokia Siemens Networks has been at the forefront of developments in this space.

In Middle East and Africa specifically, Nokia Siemens Networks was behind the region's first LTE contract with Zain Bahrain.

'Leading the evolution of broadband technology means our customers will be the first to benefit,' added Mohamed, maintaining that, 'Today, we are reinforcing our vision of five billion people connected by 2015, via a showcase of the latest next generation mobile broadband technology to mobile operators in the region.'

LTE would truly revolutionise the region's mobile market, changing the way businesses and individuals communicate, the company said, explaining that the technology would unleash a plethora of new devices such as Internet telephones and videophones to end user services such as teleconferencing and telecommuting, to wider benefits in medical services such as remote diagnosis, interactive distance education, rich multimedia entertainment, digitally-controlled home appliances and much more.

'What's more, the Nokia Siemens Networks LTE proposition is based on software upgrades to current 3G networks that are currently deployed by a majority of regional mobile operators,' added Mohamed

At the heart of the Nokia Siemens Networks' solution is its Flexi Base Station that supports multiple technologies from GSM/EDGE and WCDMA/HSPA to LTE on a single platform. Being only 20 per cent of the size and weight of a conventional base station, it is energy efficient and designed to minimise the overall cost of network operation and maintenance.