Warsaw, Poland – December 22, 2011
Improved mobile broadband coverage, faster data speeds for Polkomtel subscribers
Polish operator’s GSM and expanded 3G networks modernized by Nokia Siemens Networks to launch new services using 900 MHz frequency
Polkomtel S.A., Poland’s leading mobile operator, now offers improved mobile broadband services with better indoor coverage and wider reach beyond the country’s big cities. Nokia Siemens Networks has modernized the operator’s GSM network and expanded its 3G/HSPA+ network to enable new services using the 900 MHz frequency band. Nokia Siemens Networks also upgraded Polkomtel’s packet core network to the latest ATCA* technology for faster roll-out of advanced data services.
As part of the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks also enabled radio access network sharing between Polkomtel and Aero2, another Polish telecom operator, which will save costs for both operators.
“It is very important for Polkomtel to extend mobile broadband access to all parts of the country and to offer services and applications that will benefit both people and businesses,” said Jaroslaw Bauc, member of the Polkomtel Board. “With Nokia Siemens Networks, we successfully launched new 3G/HSPA+ services by using a 900 MHz band refarming solution as a supplement to our existing 2.1 GHz services. This resulted in improved coverage and quality of our mobile broadband offering.”
In just four weeks, Nokia Siemens Networks deployed 500 Flexi Multiradio Base Stations, part of its LTE-ready Single RAN (radio access network) solution. It also enabled existing GSM sites to be reused without requiring any additional external combiners, filters or dedicated antennas, thereby saving costs while maintaining GSM quality and capacity. In addition, the contract includes the ATCA-based Flexi Network Server, part of the Nokia Siemens Networks Liquid Core architecture. It provides high transaction capacity to accommodate increased signaling load and ensures a seamless evolution to 4G.
Nokia Siemens Networks’ NetAct network management system will ensure optimal monitoring and management of the GSM and 3G/HSPA+ networks as well as the multi-operator core network (MOCN). Nokia Siemens Networks provided a range of services to Polkomtel such as network implementation, integration, and a full set of care services including hardware and software maintenance and competence development.
“By using spectrum in the 900 MHz band, operators can extend mobile broadband to rural areas and offer improved indoor coverage, where most data consumption takes place,” said Radomir Grucza, head of Nokia Siemens Networks in Poland. “In addition, using the 900 MHz band saves implementation and operation costs due to lower hardware requirements. Operators can thus offer high-quality experience to their customers without having to make significant hardware investments.”
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About Polkomtel S.A.
Polkomtel S.A. is the operator of Plus mobile network which was launched in 1996 and which currently serves around 14 million users. Since the beginning of its operations Plus has been the pioneer in implementing latest technological and data communication solutions on Polish market. Plus has been dynamically implementing data transmission technologies which enable increasingly faster use of the Internet. Thanks to such technologies as LTE, HSDPA, HSPA+, CDMA or older 2G and 3G technologies over 99% of Poland’s population has Internet access which is available not only in biggest cities but also in less urbanized areas. Polkomtel S.A. has also created the first Polish Internet music store which enables legal downloading of music files at very low prices, both to a computer and to a mobile phone. Polkomtel S.A. has been the first operator in Poland to launch a web site with audio-books, e-books and e-press which can be purchased at attractive prices from its Plusoczytelnia service.
About Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland. www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com
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* AdvancedTCA (ATCA) is an industry specification for communications equipment envisioned by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG). It defines open standards-based guidelines for the design and manufacture of next-generation carrier-grade telecom hardware. In practical terms, it means that all equipment based on ATCA conforms to standardized rack-size and power supply guidelines, making it easier for operators to plan for equipment deployments, regardless of the actual makeup of the equipment they will be deploying. Nokia Siemens Networks uses this hardware architecture in all its core network solutions, including mobile softswitches, multimedia gateways as well as packet core and evolved packet core solutions.