Latvia’s major telecommunications provider, Tele2 SIA, a subsidiary of Swedish-based Tele2 AB, has contracted with Siemens to expand its GSM network and build a complete 3G/W-CDMA network infrastructure. The contract includes the expansion of the radio and core system for the provider’s GSM network in Latvia, the upgrade of existing GSM circuit and packet core network elements with 3G functionalities as well as building a complete 3G/W-CDMA radio network in the country’s metropolitan areas.
“The Baltic states are one of the fastest-growing economic regions in Europe. We are pleased to be able to participate in this boom and accompany the new EU countries in the evolution of their mobile communication networks toward 3G,” said Christoph Caselitz, the President Mobile Networks at Siemens Communications.
With this contract Siemens can once again strengthen its position as world leader in 3G/WCDMA infrastructure together with NEC. Market independent industry analysts position NEC and Siemens in the 3G/W-CDMA market as No.1 with regard to commercially installed radio base stations – Node-Bs (source: Multimedia Research Institute, Tokyo, April 05).