Nokia Solutions and Networks has been named sole supplier for Elisa's next-generation mobile broadband network in Finland. NSN previously supplied Elisa's 2G and 3G infrastructure. NSN said the contract marks the single largest mobile telecommunications deal in Finland and covers a period of 5 years from 2014 to 2018. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Under the contract, NSN will upgrade its efficient NetAct network management system to integrate the operator’s LTE network into the existing management framework. It will implement its innovative Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations that support Elisa’s network across all technologies and allow the operator to scale capacity depending on changing customer demands. In addition, the agreement covers Care Services, including Active Software Support, Hardware Services and Competence Development Solutions.
“By utilizing the 800 MHz frequency band we can build an extremely fast mobile broadband network in rural areas cost-effectively and provide our customers better coverage in urban areas. High speed 4G services provide better user experience for example in video on demand services and new possibilities to distance working and video conferencing,” said Sami Komulainen, Vice President at Elisa’s Mobile Network Services.
“Our successful collaboration with Elisa started well over 20 years ago – in 1991 – with Elisa’s launch of the world’s first commercial GSM network. Now we are taking that collaboration even further, into a whole new world of speed and superior customer experience,” said Petteri Terho, account director at NSN in Finland. “NSN’s future-proof solutions make it possible to run different radio technologies on shared hardware so that the operator can take advantage of synergies in its network and significantly reduce its total cost of ownership compared to an LTE overlay network.”
- In October 2013, Elisa obtained 800 MHz licenses for its LTE network in Finland's spectrum auction.