Optus, one of Australia’s leading mobile operators is gearing up to further strengthen its presence in the mobile broadband market and prepare itself for ever increasing data traffic demand. The operator has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as its sole packet core vendor in a multimillion dollar agreement to address growing bandwidth requirements and offer new data services along with improving time to market.
“With the increasing use of data and smartphone applications, our Evolved Packet Core provides a springboard to operators such as Optus to launch new services,” added Kalevi Kostiainen, head of Australia and New Zealand at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Moreover, our platform is LTE ready and adds enormous capacity to data transport channels, allowing Optus Open Network to be flexible in responding to the market demands related to high capacity, using a robust platform.”
“Over the last couple of years, we have seen an explosion in mobile broadband and a rise in smartphones as customers consume information on the go,” said Günther Ottendorfer, managing director, Optus Networks. “This new agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks on using its Mobile Packet Core solution will give Optus the flexibility to provide more bandwidth to our customers as required, especially as online applications and mobile working has become the norm.”
The Evolved Packet Core from Nokia Siemens Networks can accommodate GPRS, WCDMA and LTE network traffic. It also includes Nokia Siemens Networks’ new Flexi NG GGSN platform. Flexi NG provides a significant uplift in capacity, thereby, providing plenty of headroom to Optus for new product launches.
Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide its Charge@once Mediate solution that will allow Optus to introduce new services without making any major changes to its charging and billing systems. Nokia Siemens Networks’ professional services including network planning, implementation and Care underpin the Evolved Packet Core deal.
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Notes to Editors:
The Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) is a main component of the GPRS network. GGSN is responsible for the interworking between the GPRS network and the external packet switched networks.
The Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN) is a main component of the GPRS network, which handles all packet switched data within the network, for e.g. mobility management and the authentication of the users. The SGSN performs the same functions as the ‘Mobile Switching Center for voice traffic’ and is often co-located with MSC.
Flexi Network Gateway (NG) provides unique flexibility with 4D scaling. It addresses the higher than ever demand for broadband connectivity coupled with the intelligence needed for flexible handling of the data traffic.