Three Ireland to upgrade 2G, 3G networks with Nokia deal

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Nokia Networks will upgrade Three Ireland’s 2G and 3G networks, the two companies have announced. 

The vendor will provide its Single RAN platform based on its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station for 2G and 3G. 

It will also modernise the core network with its Liquid Core based Open Mobile Softswitch (MSS) and Open Media Gateway (MGW), as well as provide its Subscriber Data Management solution and deploy its cloud-ready OSS system, NetAct, for monitoring, managing and optimising the network. 

Deployment of new technology and hardware will start in September and the project will be completed by 2017. However, Three said it expects customers to start benefiting from the improvements before then.

The contract follows Three’s €850 million acquisition of O2 Ireland from Telefónica – a deal that was finally sealed last month.

Three’s CTO David Hennessy commented: “Following on from Three’s successful acquisition of O2 in Ireland, this significant network investment further demonstrates our commitment to roll out a state-of-the-art network for our customers. We are moving towards becoming the No. 1 operator in the country and will do this by providing the best network, value and service for our customers.” 

Three said it plans to build a 4G network in the country over the next three years.

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