Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has announced that it has been contracted by Hutchison 3G Austria (H3G) to modernise its networks in preparation for the move to HSPA+ and Long Term Evolution (LTE). Berthold Thoma, CEO of H3G, said: ‘The demand for increased mobile broadband capacity and throughput in Austria is reflected in the increasing usage of data cards and mobile services like Mobile TV, video download or video sharing. Mobile broadband is also one of the most pragmatic solutions to bridging the digital gap between cities and rural areas. For rural areas, mobile broadband coverage is simply less expensive and faster to deploy than fibre-to-the-home solutions. We hope that with our nationwide coverage we will contribute significantly to this end.’ The operator currently covers 94% of the Austrian population with its W-CDMA and HSDPA networks and, in tandem with NSN as its services and technology partner, hopes to be ready to launch HSPA+ technology across its infrastructure in early 2010, with a view to upgrading its network to LTE in 2011.