–German operator E-Plus signed a deal with Nokia Siemens Networks to expand capacity of its current HSPA+ network operating in the 2.1 GHz band and “modernize” the carrier’s legacy GSM network. NSN said the deal will include the use of its Flexi Multiradio 10 base stations, Liquid Radio GSM software platform and expand the capabilities of its NetAct network management system.
–Swiss mobile carrier Orange signed a five-year deal with Nokia Siemens Networks to expand its current radio access network, and supply and build its LTE network. The agreement includes NSN’s Liquid Radio single radio access network solution, Flexi Multiradio base stations, evolved packet core and NetAct management system.
NSN noted the deal is a turnkey delivery agreement covering all build activities, including as site acquisition, build permit procedures, upgrades and hardware maintenance for Orange’s mobile network. Orange said it plans to launch commercial LTE services across 10 markets on June 1.
–Indian operator Bharti Airtel said it has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to deploy its circuit switched fallback voice solution in the operator’s live TD-LTE network in the city of Pune. The solution is designed to allow voice calls to be transferred to the carrier’s GSM-based network while maintaining connectivity to its TD-LTE network for data services.
–Dutch-based operator KPN signed a five-year managed services deal with Alcatel-Lucent handing over operational control of its fixed network in The Netherlands. Alcatel-Lucent noted the deal will also see the company migrate existing voice and transport networks to its latest technology.
–Regional Telecom, based in northern Iraq, said it has signed an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent to provide equipment and technology for an LTE network. The equipment will include base stations, IP mobile backhaul for LTE and existing CDMA-based 3G traffic, evolved packet core and elements of its platform.
–Etisalat signed an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent t