Airtel-Vodafone, which provides mobile services in the Channel Islands, has reportedly selected Nokia Networks as sole supplier for its 4G network on both Jersey and Guernsey. With the operator said to be making a ‘multimillion pound investment’ with a view to upgrading the services it offers, Nokia Networks has confirmed that it will provide all the equipment and service expertise for the installation of 4G. No financial details of the deal have been disclosed.
With Airtel-Vodafone now expecting to launch commercial LTE-based services in the first half of 2015, commenting on this recent deal the cellco’s CEO Ian Campbell noted: ‘Our 4G network will bring a level of speed and accessibility that will transform the way islanders access the internet, and it is vital that we have the very best infrastructure possible. Nokia Networks is a top-end European supplier and has extensive experience in implementing similar deployments with leading operators across the globe. We chose this vendor because we know that it has the reliability and level of expertise needed to execute this project in line with our expectations.’