NSN upgrades Optus network

Nokia Siemens Networks inks a deal with Optus, Australian mobile operator for its key network initiatives. As per the deal, Nokia Siemens Network will modernize its mobile network, it will refarm the 900 MHz GSM frequency band, and provide infrastructure and services for LTE rollout in Sydney and Perth. In addition, as part of this agreement. It is a sole LTE core provider for Optus.

Nokia Siemens Networks will deploy 4G using its Single RAN (radio access network) platform. The company is also providing its Evolved Packet Core platform including Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway). Optus’ LTE, GSM and 3G networks will be monitored, managed and optimized by Nokia Siemens Networks’ unified network management system, NetAct.

In addition to Optus’ in-house services capability, Nokia will provide Optus various other services including network implementation, spectrum refarming, radio planning, optimization, project management, and care including spare part management, software maintenance, third-party software support and training. Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide network operations support to improve Optus’ network efficiency and quality.

“Spectrum is a scarce resource, so operators are seeking ways to make the best use of it. With this deal, Optus will re-use its existing spectrum to modernize its radio network and also offer 4G services cost-efficiently in one of the largest spectrum migration programs globally,” said Stephen McFeeley, head of Australia and New Zealand at Nokia Siemens Networks.

“Our major mobile network initiatives, including network enhancements, U900 MHz spectrum migration program and 4G services rollout aim to provide the best possible experience for our customers,” added Günther Ottendorfer, Managing Director, Networks at Optus.