Newcomer to the Myanmar market, Qatari-backed cellco Ooredoo has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) as its key supplier for radio and core equipment for its 3G network, as the cellco gears up for launch in 2014. The pair signed a two-year agreement, under which the Finnish vendor will build a complete 3G radio access network (RAN) based on its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and Multicontroller Radio Network Controller (mcRNC). NSN will also provide its Liquid Core-based open Mobile Switching Center Server (MSS) and open Media Gateway (MGW) as well as Evolved Packet Core (EPC)-ready equipment, including Flexi NS (network server) and Flexi NG (network gateway). Also included in the deal is NSN’s Subscriber Data Management (SDM) system, with its New Technology Home Location Register (NT-HLR) and One-NDS (network directory server). Finally, NSN will implement its NetAct management and optimisation system, alongside a number of analytical solutions. As previously noted by CommsUpdate, Ooredoo is looking to leapfrog 2G technology with its Myanmar launch, progressing straight to a 3G-only network using the 900MHz and 2100MHz bands.