Avantel chooses NSN for 4G LTE

Avantel has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) to supply the complete infrastructure for its 4G LTE network.

NSN will provide the complete suite of radio and core network equipment along with, as well as build and operate services so that subscribers in Bogota can enjoy a host of advanced mobile broadband services.

“We aim to transform Colombia’s communications landscape with this next-generation LTE network – one that will open up a world of new high-speed services for our customers in Bogota,” said Raul Amaya, chief strategy officer, Avantel.

“Our longstanding relationship with NSN, coupled with the company’s experience and expertise in deploying world-class networks across the globe, made it a natural choice as our partner for this important initiative,” added Amaya.

Under the build-operate-transfer agreement, NSN will deliver an LTE network using its market-leading high-performance Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) to help Avantel deal with the unprecedented increase in data traffic over its network.

Additionally, from the Liquid Core portfolio, NSN will deploy its Subscriber Data Management (SDM) solution including New Technology Home Location Register (NT-HLR) and One-NDS for a centralized database repository that is independent of the application used.

NSN will also supply its ATCA-based Mobile Voice Core solution, which, in the first phase of the roll out, will be implemented with CSFB voice call features to ensure voice services for LTE customers. In the second phase, NSN will deploy its IMS solution to enable the implementation of VoLTE for providing high-definition voice services to Avantel’s subscribers.

In addition, NSN will provide its NetAct management system to ensure consolidated configuration, monitoring and network optimization for Avantel’s radio and core network. The Performance Manager will enable 360 degree insight to network performance.

The scope of the deal also includes a complete range of services such as network implementation, planning and optimization, systems integration and network operations where the OSS will be managed by NSN. Care services, including hardware, software and competence development services will also be provided to Avantel for seamless operations and optimally trained personnel.

“This contract is a strong testimony to Avantel’s faith in our capability to deliver on our promise of enabling networks that will define the future,” said Ricardo Palacios, head of Andean Local Operators customer team at NSN.

“Leveraging our vast experience and knowhow in setting up LTE networks across the globe, we will set an industry benchmark in Colombia with Avantel’s new network,” added Palacios.

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