Nokia Wins GBP 200 Million GSM Expansion Contract With Cellnet UK Dual Band Solution to Increase Capacity in Cellnet Network
HELSINKI, Finland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 7, 1998--Cellnet, the UK mobile phone network operator has placed a GBP 200 million contract with Nokia for the expansion of its GSM network. Supplying equipment to cover both GSM 900 and GSM 1800 frequencies, the Nokia solutions will be used to increase capacity in the Cellnet network. Deliveries start immediately and will continue until the year 2000.
Nokia will supply digital base station controllers and base stations, providing real dual band capability. By simply adding GSM 1800 transceivers (TRX) to the existing GSM 900 cabinets, Cellnet will be able to deploy the new dual band network quickly. Network elements such as the base station controller and network management are shared. Cellnet predicts high user penetration for both voice and data services in the future and so this expansion will increase capacity in line with this forecast.
``Cellnet is committed to continuous network improvements. Through the provision of a dual band network operating on both GSM 900 and GSM 1800 frequencies, we are able to provide a range of comprehensive services to our customers,'' states Mr Mike Tiplady, Technology Director, Cellnet. ``Nokia is a major radio access supplier to our GSM network and this continuation of business further reinforces the excellent working partnership and vision that we share.'' As Mr Peter Kuhne, Managing Director, Nokia Telecommunications Ltd comments, ``GSM operators such as Cellnet, know that increased demand for both voice and data services will place heavy demands on their networks both now and in the future. Dual band networks, using both GSM 900 and GSM 1800 frequencies, are one way of solving this problem and the simplicity of Nokia's solution makes it an ideal way to increase capacity, fast.'' ``Adding GSM1800 to our existing GSM900 network was extremely simple'' said Mr X. ``We were able to upgrade some of our existing sites by simply adding new GSM1800 transceivers into the existing Nokia GSM900 cabinets. This gave us a lot of flexibility when it came to integrating the two frequency bands, especially on sites where we had space restrictions''
``The Nokia approach to dual band has been to make it as simple and cost efficient for the Operators as possible'', says Olli Oitinen. ``You just add new TRXs or a new cabinet at the site and that's it, all the other network elements, such as base station controller and OMC are shared''
Nokia has delivered dual band network base stations to a number of the world's leading operators. Nokia was the first manufacturer to gain type approval for a dual band base station and is still the only supplier with this product available.
Cellnet was formed by British Telecom PLC (BT) and Securicor Group PLC, and was granted a licence to become a mobile communications network operator in 1985. BT is the majority shareholder with a 60 per cent stake.
Today, over 3 million customers are connected to Cellnet, many using the latest digital services in the UK and 74 countries world-wide.
Cellnet has already invested GBP 1.5 billion in building its UK network which handles around 10 million calls every day. By the year 2001, Cellnet will have invested a further GBP 1 billion in new technology, services and deeper coverage.
Nokia offers total GSM systems, with everything from digital mobile phones to transmission to switching. Nokia holds the world's number one position in GSM 1800 networks and is one of the top two suppliers in GSM 900 networks. To date, Nokia GSM technology has been supplied to 67 operators in 35 countries.
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