Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Vodafone Hutchison Australia Outsources it Network to NSN

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) will outsource its overall network operations and a key part of its equipment supply to Nokia Siemens Networks. The seven-year agreement aims to improve services for its 7 million customers and deliver operational efficiencies. The contract includes service management for a number of key parts of VHA's mobile network (core, transmission, and radio networks) and equipment supply for its core network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will combine two existing operations organisations and consolidate two core networks. The end-to-end approach to VHA's business includes domains such as valued added services, business support systems, and network operations. Nokia Siemens Networks will manage a number of VHA's third-party providers. NSN will also provide its Flexi Network Gateway (Flexi NG) packet core platform and expand the mobile softswitch (MSS) and home location register (HLR) -- enabling VHA to evolve towards a single database for all its subscriber information.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) is a 50/50 joint venture between Vodafone Australia and Hutchison 3G Australia. VHA markets its products and services under the Vodafone and 3 brands in Australia. VHA has 6.895 million active customers at 31 December 2009.