UCell, the number two mobile operator in Uzbekistan, has signed a contract with its turnkey network supplier, Nokia Siemens Networks, to extend core network capacity and keep control on costs.
Under the agreement, Nokia Siemens Networks
will expand UCell’s existing core network and value added services
platforms. It will install the latest mobile softswitching and packet
core network technology, transport equipment, base station controllers, home location registers and media gateways.
Nokia Siemens Networks will also extend UCell’s text message and multimedia message centers, provide a voice and video mail solution and extend device management
and service provisioning capability to enable the operator to provide
continuously high quality services for their customers. Accurate and
transparent charging and billing of those services is ensured with the
extension of the convergent mediation, while the network quality is
monitored, managed and optimized by the NetAct network resource
management system. Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide implementation as well as consulting and systems integration services for the network.
“We are happy that UCell has entrusted the full network
upgrade to us – maintaining our position as the main supplier will
enable us to continue to work with UCell in a turnkey mode, delivering
advantages of increased efficiencies in the network at lower cost and
more importantly supporting UCell on its continued success story,” said
Sergio Duroux, Head of Sub Region Turkey, Eastern Europe and Central
Asia at Nokia Siemens Networks.
Deployed in over 240 operators’ networks, the Nokia Siemens Networks
mobile softswitching uses a “split architecture” that combines the MSC
Server and the Multimedia Gateway to reduce operating expenditures by
as much as 70% in transmission, site, and operation and management
costs. It also brings increased savings in power consumption.
Nokia Siemens Networks
has more than 2,600 consulting & systems integration professionals
globally. It has the scale & experience to bring new elements into
the network quickly and effectively and is executing more than 500
system integration projects worldwide.