Sunday, November 13, 2005

Nokia Powers Optus/Vodafone Shared 3G Network in Australia

Nokia supplied network infrastructure and turnkey services for Optus' 3G services launch in Australia, as well as assisting Optus to develop 3G consumer applications.

In August 2004, Optus and Vodafone Australia agreed to share 3G network sites and radio infrastructure across Australia. Under the agreement, Optus and Vodafone will work together to build and operate a joint national 3G radio network infrastructure.

The shared network is the first in the world to feature Nokia's Multi-Operator Radio Access Network (MO-RAN) technology, which allows for the sharing of radio services. Where MO-RANs are deployed they allow for two operators to share the same base station and to share the radio network controller which directs the voice and data traffic back to the operator's own core network.

In addition, Optus and Nokia have worked with Australian developer, Bullant, to bring to market a 3G content personalization application called 'MyZooNow' which will run as the active handset user interface on a range of mobile phones including the Nokia N70 and Nokia 6680.

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