Thursday, November 26, 2009

Zain Outsource Mobile Operations in East Africa to NSN

Zain has agreed to outsource its mobile network operations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to Nokia Siemens Networks. The operator currently serves over 9 million customers across these three countries. As part of the contract Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide optimization services and deploy its latest mobile softswitching and subscriber data management solutions. Its prepaid and top-up solution based on charge@once select will ensure a faster introduction of new services and pricing bundles. Nokia Siemens Networks will also deploy 2G and 3G radio networks with the Flexi Multiradio Base Station, opening a smooth evolution path from 2G and 3G to LTE with just a software upgrade needed.

This contract marks Nokia Siemens Networks' biggest multi-vendor outsourcing case in the region and it's one of the first supplier swap Managed Services deals of its kind in Africa. Financial terms were not disclosed.