Telekom Austria Group signs five year deal with Nokia Siemens Networks

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Operator appoints Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize network and reduce energy consumption.

The Telekom Austria Group (TAG) will soon deploy high-quality mobile broadband services and network performance systems from Nokia Siemens Networks. Under a five-year deal, the service provider has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to replace and modernize its radio networks in Austria, Liechtenstein and Slovenia, and to further deploy 3G services in Serbia and Belarus. The new, energy-efficient network will be ready to support next generation mobile technologies, including High Speed Packet Access Plus (HSPA+) and Long Term Evolution (LTE), via software upgrades.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ mobile network technology* brings an array of benefits mobile broadband services with a clear evolution path for our subscribers, efficient use of future investments as well as lower electricity bills for us,” said Hans Pichler, Group Chief Technology Officer of the Telekom Austria Group.

We are proud that together with the Telekom Austria Group we can bring real broadband experience to its subscribers across the region,” added Dietmar Appeltauer, head of Subregion Central East Europe, Nokia Siemens Networks. We share a long-standing relationship and now we are also moving together into the next phase of mobile communications.”

Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its comprehensive radio solution comprising industry-leading Flexi BSC (Base Station Controller), Radio Network Controller and the small, modular and weatherproof Flexi Multiradio Base Station. The contract includes a broad range of services such as implementation, commissioning, network optimization and maintenance as well as vendor’s network management and optimization solution NetAct.

The renewal of GSM in Austria and Slovenia has already started and the 3G network deployment in Belarus was successfully launched in March 2010, while the deployment in Serbia started in June 2010. A1 Telekom Austria started technical evaluation of LTE pretty early. The first LTE showcase was conducted with Nokia Siemens Networks in May 2008, so the company is technically well prepared for a possible rollout.

The networks will offer the end user a full mobility of data services, improved multimedia, gaming, web browsing and email service experience.

By deploying Nokia Siemens Networks’ radio solution the Telekom Austria Group will enjoy significant savings in network energy consumption.

About Telekom Austria Group

The Telekom Austria Group is the leading telecommunications provider in the CEE area. The Group has been listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange since November 2000 and is currently operating in 8 countries: in Austria (A1 Telekom Austria), Slovenia (Si.mobil), Croatia (Vipnet), the Republics of Serbia (Vip mobile) and Macedonia (Vip operator), Bulgaria (Mobiltel), Belarus (Velcom) and Liechtenstein (mobilkom liechtenstein). The Fixed Net segment encompasses voice telephony, data and IT solutions, Internet access, multimedia services as well as wholesale. The Mobile Communication segment includes mobile voice telephony, mobile Internet and data as well as m-payment solutions. The Telekom Austria Group services to roughly 2.3 million fixed net lines in Austria and has a customer base of 19.2 million mobile subscribers in 8 countries. The Group’s headcount amounts to more than 16,000 employees, with revenues totalling EUR 4.8 billion as of year-end 2009. The Management Board includes Hannes Ametsreiter (CEO and Chairman of the Board) and Hans Tschuden (CFO and Vice Chairman of the Board).
More detailed information is available at http://www.telekomaustria.com

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland. www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

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