Optus and NSN ink mobile network upgrade deal

20 Apr 2011

Australia’s second largest mobile network operator by subscribers, Optus, has reportedly selected Finnish vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to upgrade its existing third-generation networks to the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard. It is understood that under the agreement between the two companies, NSN will act as Optus’ sole packet core vendor ‘in a multimillion dollar agreement to address growing bandwidth requirements and offer new data services along with improving time to market.’ Commenting on the deal Gunther Ottendorfer, managing director at Optus Networks, noted: ‘Over the last couple of years, we have seen an explosion in mobile broadband and a rise in smartphones as customers consume information on the go … This new agreement with NSN on using its Mobile Packet Core solution will give Optus the flexibility to provide more bandwidth to our customers as required, especially as online applications and mobile working has become the norm.’

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