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December 16, 2010

Elisa selects Nokia Siemens Networks for network upgrades

Modernise the existing nationwide GSM, and 3G networks with Single RAN

By CBR Staff Writer

Elisa, a Nordic communications services provider, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to build a first phase Long Term Evolution (LTE) network and modernise the existing nationwide GSM and 3G networks with Single RAN.

Under the agreement, Nokia Siemens Networks will deploy its Flexi Multiradio Base Stations and high capacity Multicontroller platform in the network, which will enable Elisa to cut operational costs for GSM, 3G and LTE.

In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide to Elisa its Single Radio Access Network (RAN) offering including the technology to implement frequency re-farming using its Flexi Multiradio Base Station and high capacity Multicontoller platform.

Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide its NetAct network management platform to ensure effective monitoring, managing and optimisation of the LTE network.

Further, Nokia Siemens Networks will also be responsible for care services including a renewed next generation software maintenance service ‘Active Software Support’, which is a proactive approach to software asset maintenance through automated preventive maintenance and online collaboration.

Elisa executive vice president Timo Katajisto said choosing a local Finnish vendor, Nokia Siemens Networks, across their 4G, 3G and GSM technologies further tightens the good relationship between the companies.

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"We will significantly expand the 3G service and modernise the GSM network, this will guarantee also in the future the industry leading mobile broadband performance we already have for our customers," Katajisto said.

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