Telekom Austria awards NSN contract to upgrade group networks

16 Sep 2010

Telekom Austria, which includes the Mobilkom group, has signed a five-year deal with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to replace and modernise radio networks in Austria, Liechtenstein and Slovenia (Si.Mobil), and to continue 3G deployments in Serbia and Belarus. In a press release NSN said that all the networks will be ready to support next generation mobile technologies, including High Speed Packet Access Plus (HSPA+) and Long Term Evolution (LTE), via software upgrades, whilst all equipment deployments will be focused on energy saving. NSN will provide its Flexi BSC (Base Station Controller), Radio Network Controller and the small, modular Flexi Multiradio Base Station. The contract includes a broad range of services such as implementation, commissioning, network optimisation and maintenance as well as network management/optimisation solution NetAct. The renewal of existing GSM systems in Austria and Slovenia is already underway whilst in Belarus 3G expansion is ongoing, following local unit Velcom’s commercial HSPA network launch in March 2010. Meanwhile, according to the statement, in June 2010 Mobilkom Serbia (VIP Mobile) began deployment of advanced 3.5G infrastructure (following its launches of W-CDMA and HSDPA in July 2007 and December 2008 respectively, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database). GlobalComms notes that Mobilkom Austria launched an LTE trial in June 2010 in Vienna.

Austria, A1 Belarus, A1 Serbia (previously VIP Mobile), A1 Slovenia, A1 Telekom Austria, Mobilkom Liechtenstein (became part of FL1)