Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has announced that it has been awarded contracts by Vietnamese mobile operator MobiFone to modernise the cellco’s network to 3G and implement an IP backbone. The work will help the operator prepare for growth in data traffic and the delivery of next generation mobile broadband services. The vendor will design and maintain the network using its remote delivery capabilities, and upgrade MobiFone’s existing radio access network to 3G using its Flexi Multiradio Base Station. NSN said the operator will benefit from a rapid 3G roll out, reduced total cost of ownership and carbon footprint, and a smooth upgrade to future technologies. ‘We are extremely excited about introducing 3G to Vietnam and offering high speed data services to our users which will give us a significant competitive edge,’ said Do Vu Anh, deputy director of MobiFone, adding, ‘Supported by NSN’s proven competencies in cost effective and rapid network rollouts, we are confident of ushering in a new era of connectivity experiences in the country.’ According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, MobiFone is majority-owned by state-run national PTO Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Corporation (VNPT) through its Vietnam Mobile Telecom Services (VMS) division. It was awarded a licence to provide third generation services in April 2009 and has set an official 3G launch date for December 2009.