UK mobile network operator EE has selected Finnish vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) to support the continued expansion of its 4G LTE network, the latter has announced. Under the terms of the deal NSN will also reportedly modernise EE’s 2G network with a view to improving performance and reducing power consumption. As per the turnkey contract, NSN has said it will implement its Single RAN Advanced solution, which will allow EE to run different radio technologies using single, multi-purpose hardware. With the deployment including NSN’s scalable, high-capacity Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations, it also incorporates the vendor’s cloud-ready NetAct for efficient network management across technologies.
Commenting on the development, EE’s CEO Olaf Swantee was cited as saying: ‘We have pioneered 4G in the UK, and we are now working with NSN on the next stage of our rollout, covering the next 25% of the UK population in rural areas and small towns. This partnership highlights our approach to maintaining a differentiated 4G network experience.’