Celcom Axiata Berhad (Celcom), Malaysia’s major mobile telecommunications provider has partnered with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) for its LTE (Long Term Evolution) solutions and services in Klang Valley, which comprises Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding suburbs.
The operator has awarded NSN a contract to supply the network infrastructure for the 2600MHz and 1800MHz frequency bands for LTE services, and refarming services for its 1800MHz GSM band to enhance user experience by providing higher throughput and better performance in the multi-technology environment.
Under the three-year contract, NSN will be transforming Celcom’s entire Klang Valley network to a Single RAN (Single Radio Access Network) system based on its compact, high-capacity Flexi Multiradio 10 base station for GSM, 3G and LTE.
The base station enables an easy and cost-effective site upgrade to LTE using NSN’s NetAct network management system, which provides consolidated management for Celcom’s network. The deal also includes intelligent Self Organizing Network (iSON) functionality to improve LTE network quality with self-healing, self-optimization and self-configuration across the radio network.
With its comprehensive services portfolio, NSN enables the highest possible network quality as operators move toward LTE. NSN will provide Celcom with refarming services for the 1800MHz GSM band, desktop planning, pre-optimisation services, and operational services for process alignment, support and engineering.
“Celcom’s Klang Valley network upgrades underline our commitment to delivering a superior service experience to our subscribers who will increasingly enjoy the results of our extensive LTE investments and rollouts throughout Malaysia,” said Dato’ Sri Shazalli Ramly, CEO of Celcom Axiata Berhad.
“NSN’s consistency in providing quality infrastructure and services support was a key fit in our network blueprint for superior coverage across spectrums and the best end-user experience.”
Paul Tyler, senior vice president of Asia Pacific at NSN, said: “This project is another important milestone in our long-standing and well-established relationship with Celcom in Malaysia. We will continue to support Celcom in its endeavor to create a future-ready communications infrastructure in Malaysia.”
As of today, NSN said it has 92 commercial references for the delivery of LTE with leading customers in advanced mobile broadband markets such as Northern Europe, Japan, South Korea and the United States.