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Flying classroom for rural students
TT Correspondent |  |  29 Apr 2011

As part of its Social Corporate Social Responsibility Programme , Nokia Siemens Network has evolved a novel idea of ‘Flying Classroom Initiative’ connecting the students in rural and far flung areas with teachers and partner schools through video calls.


Deutsche Telekom and Nokia Siemens Networks have jointly demonstrated the extended benefits of Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the 800 MHz spectrum as a means of reaching out to students in far-flung, rural schools.


Deutsche Telekom established an LTE connection with the G.-E.-Lessing-Gymnasium ‘European Grammar School’ in Doebeln village, and the network was fully supplied and integrated by Nokia Siemens Networks. At the Gymnasium, the vendor has equipped a ‘Flying Classroom’ with several PCs that use video conference software to engage remotely with students and teachers in partner schools. With PCs and Smartboards interlinked, students can work simultaneously on documents. LTE technology has made instant, high-quality video communication possible between the students and teachers.


“LTE offers a wide range of possible uses via ultra high-speed broadband and this ‘Flying Classroom’ shows the wonders of LTE technology in enabling a new level of e-Education,” said Guido Menzel, senior vice president, Fixed Mobile Engineering at Telekom Deutschland GmbH.


“LTE technology can offer broadband connectivity to take e-Education to the next level, helping reach the broader objectives of society,” added Hermann Rodler, managing director of Nokia Siemens Networks in Germany. “Above all, we are happy to be part of an initiative that fits so well into our corporate social responsibility programs.”


LTE technology uses a flat, IP-based network infrastructure to offer ultra-fast data transmission and makes instant browsing and downloads possible, thanks to its reduced latency.


In 2010, Nokia Siemens Networks supplied LTE hardware and software with extensive services to the operator to ensure rapid, high-quality rollout of its LTE network in Germany.

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