Norway’s Telenor Group has selected Nokia as a candidate supplier for radio access equipment and professional services as it looks to modernise its existing 2G and 3G networks, while also continuing to deploy LTE across Europe and Asia. With the two companies having signed a five year deal, Hilde Tonne, executive vice-president, Group Industrial Development at Telenor Group was cited as saying: ‘We continue to invest in the modernisation of our network to provide excellent end-user experience as part of our vision of internet for all … For this important radio access technology area, we have selected Nokia as a partner due to our excellent working relationship and the company’s proven expertise in mobile broadband and services.’
The development comes hot on the heels of news earlier this week which saw confirmation of a similar deal between Telenor and French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent. As reported by CommsUpdate, Telenor Group has inked a global frame agreement under which Alca-Lu will also be a candidate provider for 4G LTE networks to the former’s subsidiaries in 13 countries across Europe and Asia. As per the deal, Telenor subsidiaries will utilise Alca-Lu’s 4G LTE Overlay solution as an alternative to single RAN deployment, while included in the scope of the agreement are the vendor’s 4G LTE Radio Access Network and the 5620 Service Aware Manager.