Finnish mobile network operator DNA Finland has announced that it has extended its partnership with Swedish vendor Ericsson, with the latter agreeing to provide all the technology needed for the expansion of the cellco’s 3G/HSPA network, alongside the construction of a fourth-generation infrastructure. Commenting on the development, Tommy Olenius, vice president of Technology at DNA, said: ‘By continuing our strategic partnership with Ericsson, DNA will be able to further improve the mobile broadband end-user experience and quality of service. The flexible new technology also allows remarkable growth in data-traffic volumes, caused by the great success of DNA’s mobile broadband products. Modernising the network with Ericsson’s multi-standard radio solution also provides lower network energy consumption, therefore decreasing both the carbon footprint as well as the operational costs of DNA’s mobile operations.’
Under the terms of the deal, which will run for a three-year period, Ericsson will provide GSM/HSPA/LTE radio access, Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and All IP-based mobile backhaul solutions, as well as network management solutions. The vendor will also offer support services to the cellco, including systems integration and consultancy and educational services. In terms of infrastructure DNA’s 3G/HSPA network is to be extended nationwide, while a commercial launch of 4G services has been pencilled in for 2011.
During the contract period, DNA’s 3G/HSPA Evolution (21/42Mbps) services will expand to nationwide coverage. 4G services will be offered in the major cities to accelerate the data traffic in the busiest areas. DNA aims to launch 4G commercially during 2011.