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Press Release -- January 21st, 2014
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

Avantel chooses NSN for high-speed mobile broadband services in Colombia

Avantel chooses NSN for high-speed mobile broadband services in Colombia

Press Release
Bogota, Colombia – January 20, 2014

Avantel, a new entrant in Colombia’s LTE landscape, has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks to supply the complete infrastructure for its LTE (Long Term Evolution)* 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 at 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.”

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.

“Managed OSS speeds up the network build phase by ensuring configurations are accurate from the start, thereby improving overall network quality. Faster LTE base station integration saves both time and money,” said Wally Swain, senior vice president at Yankee Group’s Network Research group.

“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.”

As of today, NSN has 117 commercial references for the delivery of LTE with leading customers in advanced mobile broadband markets such as Northern Europe, Japan, South Korea and the United States.

For more information on NSN’s mobile broadband capabilities, including a video overview, follow this link. To share your thoughts on the topic, join @NSNtweets on Twitter using #mobilebroadband and #LTE. For expert insights, visit our blog.

About Avantel

Avantel S.A.S. (“Avantel”) – Founded in 1997, Avantel is one of four mobile phone operators in Colombia providing services for corporate, as well as governmental sector communication needs. Avantel offers added-value integrative solutions that deliver voice, messaging and mobile apps. Avantel services approximately 20,000 corporate and governmental clients with its differential ‘push-to-talk’ branding coupled with its deep commitment to customer service. Avantel recently took part in the 4G-spectrum public tender successfully acquiring 30MHz of the AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) spectrum at 1710-1755/2110-2155 frequencies. The company is gearing up to launch its wide-ranging 4G LTE service portfolio of smartphones, tablets and data devices. Avantel’s 4G LTE mobile communication will include new content, mobile video and corporate apps to boost profits and enhance productivity, facilitate mobile payments and provide better security. Avantel headquarters are located in Bogota on Carrera 11 #93-92 in Colombia, and has branch offices around the nation’s major cities.

About NSN

Nokia Solutions and Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.

With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 120 countries and had net sales of approximately 13.4 billion euros in 2012. NSN is wholly owned by Nokia Corporation.

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*NSN is a leader in the commercialization and innovation of LTE and LTE-Advanced and supplier to most of the world’s largest networks by LTE subscriber count. Our unique track record is based on award-winning platforms like the multi-technology, compact, modular and weatherproof Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and the ingenious Liquid Radio LTE Software Suite and Smart Scheduler to maximize performance and optimize the use of radio spectrum.

NSN’s Global Services enable operators to safely move towards LTE with the highest quality possible and ensure fast and reliable network rollouts with end-to-end network integration to Customer Experience Management. Our industry-leading Security solutions enable operators to provide secure subscriber services while our Network Planning and Optimization services support a smooth transition with Refarming Services, LTE Planning, iSON Services, LTE Optimization and Services for VoLTE.

**NSN’s Mobile Voice Core solution consists of the COTS (commercial off- the-shelf) ATCA (Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture) based Open Mobile Softswitch (Open MSS) and Open Multimedia Gateway (Open MGW) which are part of its Liquid Core and state-of-the-art Open Core System. More than 270 operators serving 1.6 billion subscribers have selected the NSN MSS, which is now available on the Liquid Core platform.

The same mobile voice core solution is also used for providing voice service to LTE smartphones by means of the Circuit Switched Fall Back (CSFB) functionality in the MSS. The solution can be upgraded to support single radio voice call continuity (SRVCC) for VoLTE.

For Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service, the Open Core System expands with Telephony Application Server (TAS), IP Multimedia System (IMS), Home Subscriber Server (HSS) and Border Gateway (BGW). NSN is the market leader for IMS and HSS and supplied the world’s largest IMS core for LTE networks.

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