Orange has selected Nokia Siemens Networks under a five-year agreement to extend its radio access network, as well as supply and build its network to deliver 4G (LTE - long term evolution) services. As the key supplier, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide the complete radio and core network, as well as implementation, optimisation and care services.
Orange is focused on the strategic planning and development of its mobile network and has therefore signed a new five-year agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks for all network build activities, including the 4G network. This agreement is an adaptation of the existing, long standing partnership of Orange with Nokia Siemens Networks as a major network supplier.
The new turnkey delivery agreement covers all build activities such as site acquisition, build permit procedures, upgrades and hardware maintenance for the Orange mobile network. Orange will launch its 4G services on 1 June 2013 in 10 cities/regions of Switzerland.
Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its high-capacity Liquid Radio built on the Single Radio Access Network (RAN) platform with its energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station.
The company is also implementing its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) platform, including Flexi NS (network server) and Flexi NG (network gateway). In addition, the company will implement its Circuit Switched FallBack (CSFB) voice call system to enable 4G smartphones to fallback to GSM and 3G networks from LTE, network so that users can enjoy voice calls alongside text messaging and LTE data services.
Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide its NetAct network management system to enable consolidated monitoring, management, and operation of Orange’s network. As part of its full turnkey solution, the company will provide network implementation, network optimisation and care services.