Nokia Siemens Upgrades, Expands Networks in Europe, Africa

By Craig Galbraith Comments

Nokia Siemens Networks has upgraded the E-Plus Group’s backbone network in Germany, covering more than 60 sites.

The system incorporates a wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) backhaul platform from ADVA Optical Networking to improve E-Plus’s ability to respond to sudden surges in mobile data traffic.

“The use of mobile Internet and broadband services keeps increasing as users demand anytime, anywhere connectivity," said Gerhard Lüdtke, director, Access Network of E-Plus Group. “E-Plus implemented a backbone network that is fast and flexible enough to meet the increasing demand. In addition the backbone network provides the cost efficiencies to operate successfully at current traffic volumes."

Next-generation metro (NGM) platforms link the backbone to network elements such as access systems and routers. This ensures the increased performance is well-distributed throughout the network, NSN said. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks’ network management solution enables E-Plus to manage the NGM end-to-end.

Meantime, NSN has signed a deal with Bharti Airtel to expand its 2G networks and deploy 3G networks in seven African countries. Nokia Siemens will manage end-to-end network operations for the carrier. That will include providing Flexi Multiradio Base Stations to expand network coverage to underserved areas, including smaller towns and villages in the seven countries.

“We believe Nokia Siemens Networks’ global expertise in managed services and compact energy-efficient network equipment are a perfect fit to our long-term goal to be the leading telecommunications provider in the African continent," said Manoj Kohli, CEO, (International) and joint managing director, Bharti Airtel. “This partnership will further enable us to rapidly expand our network coverage and provide high-speed wireless internet connectivity to our customers."

NSN will use its FlexiHybrid microwave radio to address growing data traffic and provide the platform for a cost-effective transition to 3G, and potentially 4G networks in the future. The company will also provide its NetAct network management system for effective network monitoring and management. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks’ end-to-end managed services will enable Airtel to focus on delivering better customer experience and offer more innovative products and services to customers across markets.

Nokia Siemens Networks also announced the appointment of Jesper Ovesen as executive chairman of the company’s board of Nokia Siemens Networks, effective today. Ovesen assumes a full-time role with a special emphasis on overseeing the strategic direction of NSN as it seeks to strengthen its position as a leader in the industry and become a more independent entity. Ovesen has held a number of senior management positions in leading European companies, including serving most recently as CFO at Danish telecommunications group TDC during the company’s restructuring process and IPO.

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