SmarTone – one of four cellcos in Macau – has contracted Nokia Networks to upgrade its entire 3G mobile network to 4G LTE under a five-year agreement. Hong Kong-owned SmarTone expects to launch LTE services by the end of this month following its official award of 1800MHz/2600MHz frequencies under an eight year licence in June alongside rivals
CTM, Hutchison (3) and China Telecom Macau. The government requires all four to cover half of the territory with LTE services by the end of 2015 and achieve comprehensive coverage next year; CTM is so far the sole Macanese operator to introduce commercial LTE services.
Nokia’s contract with SmarTone Macau includes:
• Single RAN Advanced base stations
• Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Subscriber Data Management platform
• Self Organising Networks (SON) software for improved network efficiency
• NetAct virtualised OSS upgrades for consolidated configuration, monitoring, management and optimisation of the LTE network
• Network planning and optimisation, systems integration and implementation services.
Nokia is an existing partner of SmarTone Macau, having helped it build 2G and 3G networks.