Three Ireland Signs €100m Deal with Nokia Networks for 2G & 3G Upgrade

Three Ireland which in July had completed the acquisition of O2 that was previously owned by Telefonica, has selected Nokia Networks to upgrade its 2G and 3G networks as part of an overall €300m network investment plan by Three.

According to Nokia, the deployment of its Single RAN platform based on the Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station will start in September and the project will be completed by 2017. The company will also modernize 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.

In addition, Nokia Networks will deploy its cloud-ready OSS system, NetAct, for monitoring, managing and optimizing Three Ireland’s network.

“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 roll out 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.”

-        David Hennessy, Chief Technical Officer of Three   

“This project underscores our long and fruitful partnership with Three Ireland. 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.”

-         Russell Garner, Head of 3 UK and Ireland customer team at Nokia Networks

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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