French cellco SFR has awarded Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) a three-year contract to expand its mobile broadband coverage, enhance service quality and pilot LTE. Under the deal, of undisclosed value, NSN will upgrade SFR’s radio network and provide, operate and maintain new all-IP packet core technology capable of supporting 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services. NSN will also deploy its NetAct network management system and ‘charge@once’ charging and billing solution. The companies will also work together to trial LTE services. Nicolas Huguet, head of SFR customer team at NSN, said: ‘In order to maintain its leadership on new innovative services, SFR is constantly offering superior network quality. Therefore, it is looking at next-generation networks to deliver leading-edge services and superior customer experience.’ The deal follows closely two network contracts awarded by SFR to Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei Technologies.