Nokia Solutions and Networks has announced it is part of the world’s first commercial LTE-Advanced launch in Korea, alongside news that it is to implement an LTE network for Tele2 Netherlands.

Specifically, South Korean operators SK Telecom, LG U+ and Korea Telecom signed up NSN to provide LTE-A carrier aggregation via their Flexi Multiradio Base Stations.

NSN said carrier aggregation is “one of the key functionalities” of LTE-A and will ultimately enable aggregated bandwidths of up to 100 MHz.

According to the vendor, the three operators will more than double throughput to 150 Mbps by combining the resources of the two LTE frequency bands that each of the operators owns as part of a “simple software upgrade”.

“We are now witnessing great momentum in LTE adoption worldwide – and we are ready to help operators meet the ever increasing bandwidth demand while taking full advantage of their LTE spectrum,” said Marc Rouanne, executive vice president of Mobile Broadband at NSN.

According to the GSMA, LTE accounted for 28 percent of total devices in South Korea at the end of 2012, compared to just 0.3 percent in Europe.

On Thursday, Tele2 Netherlands became the latest European operator to announce its 4G LTE plans by selecting NSN to implement the next generation network.

NSN will roll out a nationwide greenfield radio access network and related services using the operator’s 2600 MHz and 800 MHz frequency bands.

“With the ever increasing demand to deliver high-bandwidth data services any time, anywhere, operators need to evolve their networks to adopt new technologies like LTE,” said Peter Wennerstrom, head of Tele2 global account team at NSN.

The two deals are a boost to NSN, which revealed last month that Q2 sales were down by by over a fifth in Asia, Middle East and Africa, and by over 15 percent in Europe and Latin America.

The vendor is part of a new-look Nokia after the company bought out Siemens in July and sold off its handset business to Microsoft earlier this week.

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