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C&W chooses NSN for US$40 million NGN Caribbean deal

Nokia Siemens Networks has been named Cable & Wireless' preferred supplier of Release 4 and Intelligent Packet Core networks architecture. The announcement follows the awarding of a US$40 million contract for the modernisation of C&W's Caribbean networks.

C&W and NSN are extending their global frame agreement to include the deployment of the latter's Release 4 and Intelligent Packet Core networks architecture, ie, a single platform that will be able to support second- and third-generation wireless networks. This architecture will enable C&W to modernise its networks and continue to introduce advanced wireless services cost-effectively.

NSN has joined forces with C&W to design a core network solution that will provide full redundancy across all the Caribbean regions that the operator serves, allowing for continued service during critical situations like hurricanes. The core network architecture NSN is delivering is compliant with both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

By the time the implementation of this deal is complete, the C&W network in the Caribbean will be "future-proof, resilient and capable of offering the future services and quality that our customers require and deserve," in the opinion of Walid Bounassif, Director of Engineering and Technology Services for C&W International. The announcement follows the launch last month of a new US$2.5 million Caribbean Network Operations Centre (NOC) facility built to monitor and manage NGN. At the NOC launch, C&W International CEO Harris Jones outlined the company's strategy for moving to NGN technology in order to live up to promises made to customers.

NSN will supply full Release 4 Core network solutions including its Media Gateways (MGW), Mobile Softswitches (MSS), Intelligent Packet Core and Operation Support Systems (OSS). Services are a significant part of the contract, covering end-to-end network implementation, installation and integration of systems into the existing multi-vendor network, and a range of care services such as software support and hardware repair services.

* In June 2006 C&W announced it had selected NSN (then Nokia) to deploy a GSM network in the British Virgin Islands. Additionally, Nokia Siemens Networks has deployed GSM and WCDMA 3G radio and core networks to Cable & Wireless in the Channel Island of Jersey

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