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3 Ireland partners with Nokia Networks

Friday, August 22 10:12:28

Three has selected Nokia Networks to help develop its mobile network following the recent acquisition of O2 in Ireland.

Nokia Networks' upgrade of Three's 2G and 3G networks, together with Three's separate ongoing 4G rollout, is part of an overall E300m network investment plan by Three.

Deployment of new technology and hardware will start in September and the project will be completed by 2017, although Three expects customers will start to benefit from the improvements before then.

Welcoming the announcement, David Hennessy, Three Chief Technical Officer, commented: "Nokia Networks has been our technology partner since 2004 and we are delighted to extend this partnership to bring our network to the next level. Following on from Three's successful acquisition of O2 in Ireland, this significant network investment further demonstrates our commitment to rollout a state-of-the-art network for our customers. We are moving towards becoming the No. 1 operator in the country and will do this by providing the best network, value and service for our customers."

With this deal, Nokia Networks will provide its Single RAN platform based on the high-capacity, scalable and energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station for 2G and 3G. It will also modernise the core network with its Liquid Core based Open Mobile Softswitch (MSS) and Open Media Gateway (MGW), as well as provide its Subscriber Data Management solution.

Furthermore, Nokia Networks will deploy its cloud-ready OSS system, NetAct, for monitoring, managing and optimising Three Ireland's network. The company's network sharing and consolidation services, including Network Planning, Network Implementation and System Integration, will ensure a seamless transition and high network quality for Three Ireland. The contract also includes hardware, software and competence development services.

Russell Garner, head of 3 UK and Ireland customer team at Nokia Networks commented: "This project underscores our long and fruitful partnership with Three Ireland," said. "We will support Three Ireland as it strengthens its position in the market and use our technical expertise to help it become the operator-of-choice in the country."

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