NSN to enhance, upgrade O2 UK’s southern infrastructure

31 Jan 2011

Hot on the heels of having selected a partner for the deployment of infrastructure in the north of the country last week, British mobile network operator O2 UK has inked a similar deal with Finland’s Nokia Siemens Network (NSN) that covers the south of the UK. The vendor announced the deal, revealing that under the contract it would modernise O2’s network, while expanding capacity, coverage and performance using its Flexi Multiradio base station, radio network controller and its network management system, NetAct for efficient configuration, optimising and monitoring of the network. The deal also covers services including network implementation, project management, advanced technical support and consultancy services; no financial details of the agreement have been disclosed. NSN, which is already O2’s sole vendor for its nationwide GSM network, claims that the deal means that it will provide approximately two-thirds of O2’s third-generation access network in the UK. Commenting on the deal, Nigel Purdy, chief technical officer for O2 UK, noted: ‘NSN fully understands our requirements to fulfil the expectations of our smartphone customers. We have a long-standing relationship with the company and based on its past track record, we rely on its expertise in expanding and modernising our 3G network to deliver the best possible experience to our customers.’

United Kingdom, Nokia Networks (formerly NSN), O2 UK