UK-based telecoms giant Vodafone Group has awarded contracts to two separate vendors as part of its Project Spring organic investment programme.
Swedish vendor Ericsson has announced that it has struck a five-year deal with the British company, with the contract including the upgrading and expansion of Vodafone’s 2G and 3G network, as well as an ‘ambitious’ rollout of 4G LTE. In addition, under the terms of the deal Ericsson will provide professional services such as network rollout, integration, tuning and optimisation as well as support services. The products part of the agreement includes Ericsson’s full RBS 6000 portfolio, as well as the vendor’s unique Antenna Integrated Radio (AIR) product.
Meanwhile, separately Finland’s Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has announced that it has signed a contract with Vodafone Group to modernise and expand the latter’s existing radio network. As per the five-year deal, NSN will supply its Single RAN advanced platform, operations support systems and related services, while it will also upgrade its NetAct network management system to enable an effective monitoring, management and optimisation of Vodafone’s network. Support services include network implementation, planning and optimisation as well as care services to ensure rapid completion of the network modernisation. Under a separate agreement, NSN has also confirmed it will provide Vodafone Group with its subscriber data management (SDM) solution to enable rapid, cost-effective development of future applications and services.
Vodafone Group’s Project Spring was initially announced in September 2013, and the programme is designed to accelerate and extend the company’s 2015 strategy. As per the project the UK company has said it plans to invest approximately GBP7 billion (USD11.5 billion) in CAPEX by March 2016 as it looks to ‘establish stronger network and service differentiation in major markets’.