Colombian LTE newcomer Avantel has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks to supply the complete infrastructure for its LTE network.
NSN will provide the complete suite of radio and core network equipment along with, as well as build and operate services so that subscribers in Bogota can enjoy a host of advanced mobile broadband services.
“We aim to transform Colombia’s communications landscape with this next-generation LTE network – one that will open up a world of new high-speed services for our customers in Bogota,” said Raul Amaya, chief strategy officer at Avantel.
The scope of the deal includes a complete range of services such as network implementation, planning and optimisation, systems integration and network operations where the OSS will be managed by NSN. Care services, including hardware, software and competence development services will also be provided to Avantel for seamless operations and optimally trained personnel.
"Managed OSS speeds up the network build phase by ensuring configurations are accurate from the start, thereby improving overall network quality. Faster LTE base station integration saves both time and money," said Wally Swain, senior vice president at Yankee Group's Network Research group.