NEC Scandinavia, a unit of Japan’s NEC Corporation, has been selected to provide routing, switching and security equipment to Telenor Norway and Telenor Sweden within the frame of their IP/MPLS Network Modernisation programme. With NEC also to provide training, spare parts, technical support and maintenance services as part of the contract, it will prepare, enable and perform the migration of services in a turnkey arrangement in cooperation with Telenor as part of the telco’s upgrade projects. In addition, NEC has confirmed it will develop, support and maintain the modernised Nordic ‘one-operations’ IP/MPLS network for an initial period of five years, claiming that this will ‘help to ensure a non-stop network with uptime of at least five nines (99.999%), with a feature rich capability to deliver enhanced IP services to Telenor’s increasing subscriber base’.
In announcing the development, a press release issued by NEC noted that these projects will strengthen an existing partnership between the Japanese firm and Telenor, evidenced by the signing of an IP and Optical Global Frame Agreement in July 2015, in addition to the existing Microwave Radio Agreement. Commenting on the contract, Marc Barbotin, managing director at NEC Scandinavia, said: ‘NEC is delighted to contribute to Telenor Sweden, Telenor Norway, and Telenor Group’s strategy to provide centralised functions and synergies, in order to reach a cost-effective operating model and a fast time-to-market.’