Nokia Siemens Networks said will start shipping LTE-compatible base stations to mobile operators by the end of the year.
The company said it has started shipping to customers with its Long Term Evolution (LTE) compatible Flexi Multimode Base Station hardware.
Only a software upgrade needed to achieve full LTE functionality, according to Nokia Siemens.
By the end of the year, Nokia Siemens expects to deliver new LTE-ready hardware to at least ten mobile operators in Europe, Asia and North America.
LTE enables faster response times and improved throughput, with latency - the responsiveness of the network - down to 10-20 ms and peak rates of up to 173/58 Mbps (downlink/uplink, 20MHz, MIMO).