Nokia Siemens Networks WCDMAFrequency Refarming: A Leap Forward Towards Ubiquitous Mobile Broadband Coverage

Mobile operators seeking to deliver 3G services to sparsely populated rural areas have faced a prohibitive cost problem. To date, 3G coverage over large areas has been an expensive proposition, stalling efforts to bring broadband mobile data services to far-flung customers. Now there is a viable solution to this cost problem: Using 3G over the 900 MHz spectrum band – that is, WCDMA frequency refarming – can afford people access to more sophisticated mobile services. What is more, WCDMA refarming to 900 MHz affords operators excellent opportunities to grow their business while making the most of legacy assets, as this paper will show.