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Celcom appoints NSN for LTE Network Rollout in the Klang Valley

Celcom Axiata Berhad (Celcom) has appointed  Nokia Solutions and Networks(NSN) to roll out its Long Term Evolution(LTE) network in the Klang Valley, which comprises Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding suburbs.

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As part of the contract, NSN will supply Celcom the network infrastructure for the 2600 MHz and 1800 MHz frequency bands for LTE services, and refarming services for its 1800 MHz GSM band to enhance user experience by providing higher throughput and better performance in the multi-technology environment.

Celcom currently offers 2G using the 900Mhz & 1800MHz band, 3G in the 900Mhz and 2100Mhz band and LTE using the 2600Mhz and part of the 1800Mhz band.

Under the three(3 year contract, NSN will be transforming Celcom’s entire Klang Valley network to a Single RAN (Single Radio Access Network) system based on its compact, high-capacity Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station for GSM, 3G and LTE. The base station enables an easy and cost-effective site upgrade to LTE using NSN’s NetAct network management system, which provides consolidated management for Celcom’s network. The deal also includes intelligent Self Organizing Network (iSON) functionality to improve LTE network quality with self-healing, self-optimization and self-configuration across the radio network.

NSN will also provide Celcom with refarming services for the 1800 MHz GSM band, desktop planning, pre-optimization services, and operational services for process alignment, support and engineering.

“Celcom’s Klang Valley network upgrades underline our commitment to delivering a superior service experience to our subscribers who will increasingly enjoy the results of our extensive LTE investments and rollouts throughout Malaysia,” said Dato’ Sri Shazalli Ramly, Chief Executive Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad. “NSN’s consistency in providing quality infrastructure and services support was a key fit in our network blueprint for superior coverage across spectrums and the best end-user experience.”

“This project is another important milestone in our long-standing and well-established relationship with Celcom in Malaysia,” said Paul Tyler, Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific at NSN. “We will continue to support Celcom in its endeavor to create a future-ready communications infrastructure in Malaysia.”

As of today, NSN has 92 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.

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