Vodacom, NSN introduce voice and SMS alongside LTE

22 Nov 2012

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has announced that it has supplied its Liquid Core architecture to Vodacom South Africa to enable circuit switched fall-back (CSFB) functionality in the operator’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. Vodacom’s 4G customers are able to make and receive voice calls and SMS using either the GSM or 3G network while retaining ultra-fast data services via LTE. NSN has also provided Vodacom with its single radio access network (RAN) solution based on its energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station, and will also deliver planning, implementation, optimisation and support services for the network. ‘We wanted to ensure that our customers get a unified service by being able to access both mobile voice and SMS services alongside 4G/LTE data services,’ said Andries Steenkamp, managing executive of core network engineering at Vodacom South Africa, adding: ‘Nokia Siemens Networks has surely given us a head-start over competition by providing a solution that meets our requirements. The fact that it was deployed in record time gave us an edge over others in the market.’