Polkomtel, the Polish operator of the Plus network, along with its partner operator Aero2, have selected Nokia Siemens Networks to modernise and expand their GSM, HSPA+ and Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks to provide better coverage and advanced voice and data services for mobile broadband users.
The companies signed a framework agreement covering delivery, integration and maintenance of the operators’ mobile access network. A separate agreement for care services has also been signed. The move follows the signing of a similar deal between Polkomtel, Aero2 and Ericsson announced on 13 August 2012.
‘Polkomtel is currently looking into significant investments. I’m convinced that Nokia Siemens Networks, which has been our long-time partner, will allow us to meet any challenges,’ said Tobias Solorz, member of the board of Polkomtel.
Dietmar Heinrichs, head of the Polkomtel customer business team at Nokia Siemens Networks, added: ‘The growing popularity of smartphones is putting huge pressure on operators’ networks. At the same time, customers’ service expectations are increasing. As the world’s mobile broadband specialist and leader in LTE commercial deployment, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its innovative technology and global experience to support Polkomtel and Aero2 in offering best-in-class mobile services.’
Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will modernise Polkomtel’s GSM network and expand its mobile broadband coverage with HSPA+ in the 900MHz band and LTE initially in the 1800MHz frequency band. The company will also modernise the existing radio access network (RAN) with its Single RAN platform based on all IP solutions. The deployed products include the energy-efficient, high capacity Flexi Multiradio Base Station and the advanced Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station.
The deployment will also include an upgrade and extension of Nokia Siemens Networks’ NetAct network management system, which enables consolidated and effective monitoring, management and optimisation of Polkomtel’s and Aero2’s GSM, 3G and LTE networks. It also helps reduce network energy consumption.
See also: Ericsson chosen by two Polish operators for WCDMA and LTE expansion