Finland’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, Elisa Corporation, has selected local vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) for the construction of a first phase Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. In addition to the new infrastructure rollout, the deal between the two companies will also see NSN modernise Elisa’s existing GSM and 3G network with its Single Radio Access Network (RAN) solution, including the technology to efficiently implement frequency re-farming using its Flexi Multiradio Base Station and high capacity Multicontroller platform. Further, the vendor will also provide its NetAct network management platform to ensure effective monitoring, managing and optimisation of the LTE network. Elisa claims the common platforms will allow it to significantly reduce operational costs, with Timo Katajisto, the operator’s executive vice president, also noting: ‘Choosing a local Finnish vendor … across our 4G, 3G and GSM technologies further tightens the good relationship between the companies. We are well prepared for providing a fantastic end user experience in new services via the 4G/LTE network. In parallel, 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.’
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