Avantel chooses NSN for LTE mobile broadband services in Colombia

NSN to be sole supplier for radio and core infrastructure for the new LTE network using its Flexi Multiradio 10 base stations and evolved packet core

Avantel chooses NSN for LTE mobile broadband services in Colombia

Avantel, a new entrant in Colombia’s LTE landscape, has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) to supply the complete infrastructure for its LTE (Long Term Evolution) network.

NSN will provide the complete suite of radio and core network equipment along with, as well as build and operate services so that subscribers in Bogota can enjoy a host of advanced mobile broadband services.

Under the build-operate-transfer agreement, NSN will deliver an LTE network using its Flexi Multiradio 10 base stations and evolved packet core (EPC) to help Avantel deal with the unprecedented increase in data traffic over its network.

Additionally, from the Liquid Core portfolio, NSN will deploy its subscriber data management (SDM) solution including new technology home location register (NT-HLR) and One-NDS (NSN’s subscriber data management solution) for a centralised database repository that is independent of the application used.

NSN will also supply its ATCA (advanced telecom computing architecture)-based mobile voice core solution, which, in the first phase of the roll out, will be implemented with CSFB (circuit switched fall back) voice call features to ensure voice services for LTE customers.

In the second phase, NSN will deploy its IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) solution to enable the implementation of VoLTE for providing high-definition voice services to Avantel’s subscribers.

In addition, NSN will provide its NetAct management system to ensure consolidated configuration, monitoring and network optimisation for Avantel’s radio and core network. The Performance Manager will enable 360 degree insight to network performance.

The scope of the deal also includes a complete range of services such as network implementation, planning and optimisation, systems integration and network operations where the OSS will be managed by NSN. Care services, including hardware, software and competence development services will also be provided to Avantel for seamless operations and optimally trained personnel.

“We aim to transform Colombia’s communications landscape with this next-generation LTE network – one that will open up a world of new high-speed services for our customers in Bogota,” said Raul Amaya, chief strategy officer at Avantel.

“Our longstanding relationship with NSN, coupled with the company’s experience and expertise in deploying world-class networks across the globe, made it a natural choice as our partner for this important initiative.”

"Managed OSS speeds up the network build phase by ensuring configurations are accurate from the start, thereby improving overall network quality. Faster LTE base station integration saves both time and money," said Wally Swain, senior vice president at Yankee Group's Network Research group.

“This contract is a strong testimony to Avantel’s faith in our capability to deliver on our promise of enabling networks that will define the future,” said Ricardo Palacios, head of Andean Local Operators customer team at NSN.

“Leveraging our vast experience and knowhow in setting up LTE networks across the globe, we will set an industry benchmark in Colombia with Avantel’s new network.”

As of today, NSN said it has 117 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.

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