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Malaysia's Celcom, NSN plan LTE networks in Klang Valley

AvantiKumar | Oct. 9, 2013
Celcom Axiata has signed a three-year contract with Nokia Solutions and Networks to handle LTE services.

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Photo - Paul Tyler, Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific at NSN.

 

Malaysian telco Celcom Axiata (Celcom) has signed a three-year contract with mobile broadband systems firm Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) to roll out LTE solutions and services in Klang Valley, Malaysia, which includes Kuala Lumpur and surrounding suburbs.

Celcom chief executive officer Dato' Sri Shazalli Ramly said NSN will supply the network infrastructure providing higher throughput and better performance in the multi-technology environment for the 2600 MHz and 1800 MHz frequency bands for LTE services, and refarming services for its 1800 MHz GSM, which should enhance user experience by providing higher throughput and better performance in the multi-technology environment.

With 4G network data speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G networks, Celcom users can enjoy a superior mobile data experience while using bandwidth-intensive applications such as video streaming and online applications in real time, said Shazalli.

"Celcom's Klang Valley network upgrades underline our commitment to delivering a superior service experience to our subscribers who will increasingly enjoy the results of our extensive LTE investments and rollouts throughout Malaysia," he said.

"NSN's consistency in providing quality infrastructure and services support was a key fit in our network blueprint for superior coverage across spectrums and the best end-user experience," added Shazalli.

"This project is another important milestone in our longstanding and well-established relationship with Celcom in Malaysia," said NSN's senior vice president of Asia Pacific, Paul Tyler. "We will continue to support Celcom in its endeavour to create a future-ready communications infrastructure in Malaysia."

Under the three-year contract, NSN will be transforming Celcom's entire Klang Valley network to a Single RAN (Single Radio Access Network) system based on its compact, high-capacity Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station for GSM, 3G and LTE, said Tyler.

He said the base station allows for an easy and cost-effective site upgrade to LTE using NSN's NetAct network management system, which provides consolidated management for Celcom's network. "The deal includes intelligent Self Organising Network (iSON) functionality to improve LTE network quality with self-healing, self-optimisation and self-configuration across the radio network."

 

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