Movistar inks network modernisation deal with Nokia Networks

25 Jul 2014

Spain’s largest cellco by subscribers Telefonica Espana, which offers services under the Movistar banner, has inked a deal with Nokia Networks under which the latter will become a key supplier for radio access network (RAN) equipment and professional services in Andalusia, Galicia, Castilla Leon and Levante. As per the terms of the three-year agreement, Nokia Networks will upgrade Movistar’s mobile network and implement 4G using its Single RAN Advanced solution, based on the compact, scalable Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station. Further, the vendor has confirmed it will also deliver its Multicontroller Platform for the 3G Radio Network Controller (RNC) to further increase efficiency and resilience, while the cellco’s networks will be monitored, managed and optimised by Nokia’s NetAct management system. Additional elements of the deal will see Nokia Networks also provide Customer Experience Management, including its Serve atOnce Traffica real-time monitoring platform, Serve atOnce Intelligence (SAI) reporting solution and Customer Care Automation solution.

The agreement comes as Movistar seeks to modernise its national infrastructure and expand its 4G network to significantly improve performance and capacity. Commenting on the contract, Telefonica’s Joaquin Mata was cited as saying: ‘Our customers are increasingly adopting advanced smartphones and enjoying data-heavy multimedia content, so delivering more services while improving their quality is more important than ever … This modernisation, one of the greatest of the kind ever carried out in Spain, will allow us to achieve these goals and optimise the performance of our network to offer the best possible user experience.’