Cell C readies network for Next Generation services

Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize the operator's all-IP radio access and backbone network

(PresseBox) ( Johannesburg, South Africa, )
Cell C subscribers will soon enjoy faster broadband speeds and a host of advanced multimedia services. The operator is modernizing its radio network to keep pace with growth in mobile data traffic and increasing smart device usage. Cell C has awarded the upgrade contract to Nokia Siemens Networks to enhance its radio access and backbone network, in addition to providing managed services under a separate contract.

"We are very happy to announce the appointment of Nokia Siemens Networks as a vendor for our nextgeneration network rollout plans," said Lars P. Reichelt, CEO of Cell C. "This deal represents another step forward in our promise of delivering a very high speed, high quality network to the South African market."

"With an unprecedented increase in data traffic, Cell C required a solution that could efficiently accommodate its stillgrowing GSM business and the need to upgrade to the more efficient 3G voice and data mobile technology," added Jorg Erlemeier, head of Middle East and Africa region at Nokia Siemens Networks. "Our Flexi Multiradio Base Station is delivered with GSM, 3G and LTE features making it the ideal choice for Cell C."

The highly compact, energyefficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station can be deployed on Cell C's existing base station sites, allowing the operator to smoothly rollout 3Gbased mobile broadband coverage, while simplifying the network and reducing operating costs. Nokia Siemens Networks is also providing its highcapacity, costeffective all-IP FlexiPacket Microwave solution for mobile backhaul, as well as its operations support solutions for network and resource management, trouble ticketing, and workflow management.

Under a separate managed services contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will draw on its deep expertise and experience in IPbased solutions to provide an array of services such as project management, planning, site acquisition, civil works, network implementation and integration, multivendor integration, network optimization, and hardware and software care.

About Cell C

Cell C (Pty) Ltd is one of three mobile network operators in South Africa. It offers products and services to 6.9 million customers (as at 31 Dec 2009). With a network capable of providing voice, data and multimedia communications, the company is committed to delivering to subscribers a full range of GSM services, based on the key principles of affordability, accessibility and value for money. Cell C is investing more than R5billion in 2010 to expand its network coverage and roll out a highspeed broadband offering using HSPA+ technologies with download speeds of up to 21Mbit/s.

For more information, please visit www.cellc.co.za
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