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Rural France to get mobile broadband access with shared network

by david.nunes

SFR teams up with Nokia Siemens Networks on world first for network sharing

SFR plans to work with Nokia Siemens Networks to build an enhanced mobile voice and data network in rural France, and share the service with subscribers of two other operators – Orange and Bouygues. The operator has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize and expand its 3G/HSPA+ radio access network. The project is the first example of 3G (HSPA+ at 900 Mhz) Radio Access Network (RAN) sharing and will enable more people to enjoy the benefits of extended mobile broadband.

“One of the main reasons we’ve been selected was the simple, versatile yet cost effective option that we have in the form of our Flexi Multiradio Base Station,” says Sampsa Lahtinen, Nokia Siemens Networks. “It is optimized to facilitate active radio network sharing, along with helping SFR meet its expansion targets on time.”

Under the scope of the three-year deal, Nokia Siemens Networks will deliver its Flexi Multiradio Base Station*, offering energy savings, while deploying 3G/HSPA+ and modernizing SFR’s existing GSM network. The vendor will also provide network implementation and managed services as part of the contract.

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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