Vodafone Albania has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to build out its 3G network, and enhance the experience for its users and visitors roaming onto its network. Under the four-year deal, NSN will also provide consulting, civil works support, network planning and optimisation, training and maintenance services. ‘Albania enjoys one of the highest mobile subscriber growth rates in Eastern Europe. This growth will be spurred further by the launch of 3G services,’ said Haris Broumidis, chief executive officer at Vodafone Albania. ‘To maintain our leadership, we are pioneering the country’s first 3G services. We selected Nokia Siemens Networks because its technical expertise and rapid rollout capabilities were best suited to our needs.’
Under the four-year contract, NSN will build Vodafone Albania’s 3G radio access network, deploying its Flexi Multiradio Base Station, a small and energy-efficient Single RAN base station which is just 20% of the size and weight of traditional network equipment, and consumes over 70% less energy than previous models. In addition NSN will replace the existing GSM radio network provided by a previous vendor.