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Press Release -- February 23rd, 2014
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

EE selects NSN for continued expansion of UK’s biggest 4G LTE network

Espoo, Finland – Febuary 23, 2014

NSN’s strong end-to-end service capabilities key to supporting roll-out

EE, the UK’s largest mobile operator, has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks to support the continued expansion of its 4G LTE network. NSN is also modernising EE’s 2G network to improve performance and reduce power consumption. 

“We have pioneered 4G in the UK, and we are now working with NSN on the next stage of our rollout, covering the next 25% of the UK population in rural areas and small towns. This partnership highlights our approach to maintaining a differentiated 4G network experience. We will continue to lead our UK competitors in speed, coverage, and reliability,” said EE CEO Olaf Swantee.

“We have selected NSN because of their technology, their people, and because of their ability to provide a high quality end-to-end services model. We look forward to working together as we continue to give people across the UK access to the biggest and fastest 4G mobile network.”

“EE’s 4G LTE roll-out has been impressively fast. Given the presence of NSN base stations in EE’s 2G and 3G network, it is logical for EE to opt for NSN’s Single RAN solution,” said Steven Hartley, Practice Leader Industry, Communications & Broadband at Ovum.

NSN’s strong end-to-end service capabilities enable EE to meet its 4G LTE launch program targets as well as modernise its existing network. NSN’s LTE technology facilitates superfast mobile broadband connections across the UK, with low latency and superior data rates. This means consumers can experience improved coverage in their homes, at work and when on the move.

“There is great momentum in LTE adoption in Europe and worldwide with ever-growing numbers of subscribers using data-hungry services. As a long-term partner of EE and the sole provider of the operator’s existing high-quality 3G network, NSN is now enabling EE to move ahead with confidence using the best technology and services for next-generation mobile broadband networks,” said Rajeev Suri, CEO of NSN. “EE will also benefit from NSN’s significant experience in spectrum efficiency research when refarming current 2G spectrum for 4G with NSN’s support.”

Under the turnkey contract, NSN will implement its innovative Single RAN Advanced solution, which will allow EE to run different radio technologies using single, multi-purpose hardware. The deployment includes NSN’s scalable, high-capacity Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations. In addition, it includes NSN’s cloud-ready NetAct for efficient network management across technologies. NSN is also the provider of an IP Security solution for secure IP communication between LTE base stations and core network sites in EE’s network.

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

About EE

EE is the largest and most advanced digital communications company in Britain, delivering mobile and fixed communications services to consumers, businesses, government and the wholesale market. With approximately 15,000 employees and 600 retail stores, EE serves more than 27 million customers on EE, Orange and T-Mobile mobile and broadband plans.

EE runs the UK’s biggest and fastest mobile network, having introduced the UK’s first superfast 4G mobile service in 2012. EE’s 4G coverage reaches almost 70% of the UK population. EE’s 2G coverage reaches 99% of the population while 3G reaches 98%. EE’s superfast fibre broadband service covers 54% of the UK population, and ADSL broadband service covers 98.7% of the population.

EE has received extensive independent recognition including being ranked the UK’s best overall network by RootMetrics®, Fastest Network at the 2013 uSwitch Awards, Best Network at the 2013 Mobile Choice Consumer Awards and What Mobile Awards, Network Innovation at the 2013 Recombu awards and Best Network for Business at the 2013 Mobile Industry awards.

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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 11.3 billion euros in 2013. 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, with more than 115 LTE and TD-LTE network references worldwide. We are supplier to the world’s first three commercially launched LTE-Advanced networks and most of the 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 toward 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.

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