Ooredoo to Launch 3G Services in Myanmar

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Appoints NSN to Supply Core and Radio Infrastructure for 3G Network

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This initiative underlines our commitment to deliver world-class communications services to our customers in Myanmar, who will soon enjoy a great customer experience with our network.

Ooredoo Myanmar will introduce 3G mobile services nationwide in 2014. To achieve this, the operator has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks as the key supplier for its radio and core equipment and services. Ooredoo’s subscribers in Myanmar will soon have access to advanced mobile broadband services.

“This initiative underlines our commitment to deliver world-class communications services to our customers in Myanmar, who will soon enjoy a great customer experience with our network,” said Ross Cormack, Chief Executive Officer at Ooredoo Myanmar. “We are confident of NSN’s capabilities to help deliver our vision of becoming the service provider-of-choice across Myanmar.”

Under the two-year agreement, NSN will build a complete 3G radio access network (RAN) on the 900 MHz and 2100 MHz bands based on its compact and energy-effecient Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and Multicontroller Radio Network Controller (mcRNC). These high-capacity and flexible platforms will provide great coverage and capacity for Ooredoo Myanmar, enabling it to roll out new services fast and efficiently while managing its rapidly increasing traffic growth.

As the supplier to Ooredoo Myanmar’s core network, NSN will provide its Liquid Core* based open Mobile Switching Center Server (MSS) and open Media Gateway (MGW). The company will also supply Evolved Packet Core (EPC) ready equipment, including Flexi NS (network server) and Flexi NG (network gateway). The contract also includes NSN’s Subscriber Data Management** (SDM) with its New Technology Home Location Register (NT-HLR) and One-NDS subscriber data management system to enable a centralized database repository that is independent of the application used.

NSN will also provide its NetAct management system to ensure consolidated configuration, monitoring and network optimization for Ooredoo Myanmar’s 3G network. Furthermore, the company will provide its CEM on Demand and Serve atOnce Traffica to provide insights into the customer experience.

The scope of the deal includes network implementation, planning and optimization, systems integration and care services including hardware, software and competence development services.

“This deal marks our entry into Myanmar and is therefore of great significance for NSN,” said Paul Tyler, Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific at NSN. “As Ooredoo Myanmar’s partner, we will leverage our expertise to build a network that will enable exciting new services for customers in Myanmar. Together with Ooredoo Myanmar, we will facilitate the evolution of the country’s communications industry.”

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About Ooredoo Myanmar
Following the announcement on June 27 that Ooredoo Myanmar had been successful in its bid for one of the two mobile telecommunications licenses in Myanmar, Ooredoo Myanmar has spent some time establishing itself and laying the foundation for its business to become an integral part of the Myanmar community. In October 2013, Ooredoo Group announced the appointment of Ross Cormack to lead operations in Myanmar. Ooredoo Myanmar will offer a wide range of mobile communications services beyond voice and data to improve the lives of Myanmar’s consumers and help businesses run more efficiently. This will include the development of a comprehensive portfolio of life enriching services including mobile money services, a range of mobile health services, and services to support farmers and agriculture leveraging on its experience in launching those services in other markets. Ooredoo Myanmar will roll out these services using a large distribution network which will quickly reach beyond Myanmar’s cities into the country’s rural areas. The company will leverage this network in deploying innovative solutions across 3G networks using 900 and 2100 frequencies, bringing data services to where there has previously only been voice.

Ooredoo Myanmar – Ooredoo Group

About NSN
Nokia Solutions and Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.

With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 120 countries and had net sales of approximately 13.4 billion euros in 2012. NSN is wholly owned by Nokia Corporation.

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Notes:
*Part of NSN’s Liquid Net, Liquid Core enables operators to simultaneously run various core network elements on the same hardware platform. It provides extreme hardware efficiency and flexibility with the automated network management of core networks. NSN’s Liquid Core is built on Core Virtualization and iSON (intelligent Self-Organizing Networks) Core. With Core Virtualization, core network software applications can run on commercial off-the-shelf ATCA platforms or IT server blade platforms, depending on the operator’s preference. This increases the efficiency of the core network, channeling capacity to the right applications in order to handle sudden traffic changes. With iSON Core technology, the rapid allocation of resources can be managed more efficiently to meet changing demands. Since the network management is automated, the operator can make the most of its core network investment while improving operational efficiency and network stability.

NSN has 180 Open Core System customers worldwide with over 80 live core networks. And more than 500 operators serving 1.8 billion subscribers have selected the NSN core products, which are now available on the Liquid Core platform. In 2011, NSN’s Open Core System won the category of ‘Best LTE Core Network Product’ at the LTE North America Awards.

**NSN’s Subscriber Data Management (SDM), including One-NDS and New Technology Home Location Register (NT-HLR), is a central entity for mobile communication networks. It hosts all relevant subscriber information as well as network and mobility application information needed to allow a completely seamless communication in GSM, 3G and LTE networks worldwide. SDM architecture is based on the concept of separating application service logic (dataless NT HLR front end) and application data (One-NDS). Because of this architecture, the solution scales flexibly and is highly reliable, providing new value added functionalities for operators.

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