Vodafone, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, has awarded both Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) with a five-year agreement for the initial phase of its Project Spring investment programme.
Ericsson said it had earlier secured a strong footprint in established markets with Vodafone and will now be part of Vodafone's aggressive growth plan for both coverage and capacity under Project Spring. Ericsson's service professionals will transform the Vodafone network into a market leading high-performance network for mobile broadband with full 4G LTE support.
The products part of the agreement include Ericsson's full RBS 6000 portfolio, as well as its Antenna Integrated Radio (AIR) product.
Hans Vestberg president and CEO, Ericsson, said: "We have been a trusted partner of Vodafone for 30 years and we are delighted to continue and expand our relationship with this latest award under Project Spring."
Ericsson services professionals will help Vodafone address all of the challenges associated with deploying 2G/3G/4G networks, assuming responsibility for everything from planning, end-to-end network rollout, tuning and optimization.
Nokia Solutions and Networks will supply its Single RAN advanced platform, operations support systems and related services. In conjunction with this agreement, Vodafone has also selected NSN to provide a common Subscriber Data Management (SDM) solution.
NSN will implement its Single RAN advanced platform based on Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station. In addition, the company will upgrade its NetAct network management system to enable an effective monitoring, management and optimization of Vodafone’s network. Support services include network implementation, planning and optimization as well as care services to ensure rapid completion of the network modernization.
Under a separate agreement, NSN will also provide Vodafone with its SDM solution to enable rapid, cost-effective development of future applications and services.
“Vodafone is one of the largest network operators globally and understands the importance of investing in the latest technology to maximize its end users experience,” said Wolfgang Hackenberg, vice president of Vodafone global customer team at NSN.
“As we implement our advanced radio access platform to improve the existing network infrastructure, we will help Vodafone to increase the performance and efficiency of its mobile network.”